• Dallas, Texas
  • Preschool 4 -8th Grade
Director

ADMINISTERED BY SHAVANA LOPEZ

Safe Environment Director

As Christian adults, we have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the spiritual, emotional and physical well being of minors and vulnerable adults as they participate in activities within or sponsored by St. Monica Catholic School. It is our responsibility and commitment to provide an environment which is safe and nurturing.
 
In order to achieve the above, SMS has a Safe Environment Program that implements training, screening, background checks and other procedures that are designed to reduce the risk of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults. Please take the time to follow our process (new or renewing families) BEFORE you volunteer. All employees and volunteers are asked to wear this badge any time you are on the St. Monica campus. The purpose of the badge is to let all adults and children know that you have completed the requirements for the Safe Environment Program this year. Thank you for your cooperation in this very important safety issue. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Shavana Lopez at 214.366.7144, slopez@stmonicachurch.org or Misty Gilmore mgilmore@stmonicachurch.org.
 
St. Monica Church and School both follow the Diocese of Dallas Safe Environment Program. The program is designed to help protect the youth, elderly, and vulnerable adults of our parish as they participate in activities within our community. The process of protecting the vulnerable also serves to provide a layer of protection against the possibility of false accusations for those adults who are involved in our many ministries. Thank you for all that you contribute to the various ministries at St. Monica Church and School.
 
If you are a volunteer at St. Monica Catholic School, you MUST attend training classes at St. Monica annually. 

NEW VOLUNTEERS

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    SCREENING FORM

    The Safe Environment Screening Form helps is understand who you are and what ministry you wish to be involved in. This form can be found on the St. Monica School and Church websites under the Safe Environment tab. Please complete this form.

    Complete the online Safe Environment Screening Form
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    REFERENCE CHECK

    You will provide three (3) personal/professional references that have known you for three (3) years. Please do not list family members.
    The references will be asked a series of questions designed to help us gain insight about you. Please inform your references that they will receive a call from Misty Gilmore.

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    TRAINING (NEW EMPLOYEES / VOLUNTEERS)

    You are required to attend the Foundation class that includes a live presentation about risk management within the community and a viewing of the "Recognizing, Responding and Reporting Abuse" video.

    Training sessions are scheduled throughout the year and will take two (2) hours to complete. The schedules for training classes are shown on the church and school websites and are updated regularly.

    Please register for your class. You may only attend classes held at St. Monica Parish.
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    PERSONAL INTERVIEW

    Please allot thirty (30) minutes for your interview. The interview is conducted in person and allows us to gain a better understanding of who you are. All interviews are kept confidential. You photo for your badge will be taken after the interview.

    Please e-mail Shavana Lopez at slopez@stmonicaschool.org to schedule your interview. The interview is necessary for new volunteers/employees.

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    CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECK

    Your information is kept confidential during the background process. Accutrak, a Diocesan agency is used to process your information.

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    BADGE PHOTO TAKEN & DISTRIBUTION

    After all steps have been completed, please allow at least 14 days for the processing and distribution of your badge. Your badge can be picked up at St. Monica School in McManus Hall between the hours of 7:30 am - 4:00 pm on school days.

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    THE BADGE

    Your Safe Environment badge is to be worn anytime you are on the St. Monica campus for your ministry functions.

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    LOST BADGES

    Contact Shavana Lopez at slopez@stmonicachurch.org.

RETURNING VOLUNTEERS

All returning volunteers have completed the New Volunteer process in a previous year. Reference Checks & the Personal Interviews are only conducted in Year 1. Criminal History Re-Check: if you are up to date on your annual training, the re-check will be conducted automatically every two years.

Continuing Training

Training sessions are scheduled throughout the year and will last about 1 hour. The schedules for training classes are shown on the church and school calendar and they are updated regularly.

DISQUALIFYING OFFENSES

No person may serve with minors and vulnerable adults if he or she has ever been convicted of any disqualifying offense, been on probation or received deferred adjudication for any disqualifying offense, or has presently pending any criminal charges for any disqualifying offense until a determination of guilt or innocence is made, including any person who is presently on deferred adjudication. The list of offenses describe categories from the Texas Penal Code.The categories of offenses may be slightly different in other states. In summary,any offense which in the discretion of the Diocese would impact health and safety would be a disqualifying offense Disqualifying offenses are:

  • A felony or misdemeanor classified as an Offense against the Person or Family or involves an offense against the person or family.

    Examples: Offenses against a person include, but are not limited to, murder, assault, sexual assault, and abandoning or endangering a child or vulnerable adult. Offenses against the family include, but are not limited to bigamy, incest, and interference with child custody, enticing a child, and harboring a runaway child.harboring a runaway child.
  • A felony or misdemeanor classified as an Offense against Public Order, Safety, or Decency.

    Examples: Offenses against public order or decency include, but are not limited to prostitution, obscenity, sexual performance by a child, possession or promotion of child pornography, and disorderly conduct.
  • A felony violation of any law intended to control the possession or distribution of any substance included as a controlled substance in the Texas Controlled Substance Act.

  • A felony or misdemeanor classified as an Offense against Property, to the extent that those offenses are related to threats or risk of harm or violence.

    Examples: Offenses against property include Robbery, Burglary of a Habitation, and Arson. Other offenses, such as theft by check, or fraud would not ordinarily be considered Disqualifying Offenses.
  • A felony Computer Crime of online solicitation of a minor.

  • A felony or misdemeanor Offence against Public Health, Safety and Morals, involving illegal possession or use of weapons.

    Examples: Disqualifying Offenses would include unlawful weapons charges, including illegal weapons, bombs and illegal carrying of weapons.
 
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