Holy Family Catholic School Requires 100% Compliance with the Safeguard the Children Program by August 12, 2019

Safeguard the Children (SGTC)

“Safeguard the Children” was established to create a safe environment for children, youth and vulnerable adults in the parish community. The LA Archdioceses Office of Safeguard the Children provides ongoing support, education, training, and resources to help prevent child sexual abuse and to address children’s safety in our parishes, schools, homes and communities. The Los Angeles Archdiocese has produced an informative brochure explaining the program entitled “Working Together” that provides resources on how to prevent abuse and provides information on reporting child abuse.

Spring 2019 – Empowering God’s Children & Young People Program

The Los Angeles Archdioceses Office of Safeguard the Children has developed a new K-12, “Empowering God’s Children” Safety Program for schools and Religious Education Programs throughout the Archdioceses which we’ll be teaching in the Spring of 2019. This replaces the old VIRTUS© Teaching Touching Safety Program that we taught here at Holy Family in years past. The new program is designed to help children and young people know they have the power to protect themselves from harmful or threatening situations and to always aim to keep themselves safe and healthy.

Summer Safety

There are guidelines that parents, guardians, and grandparents can use to ensure that children have safe and happy experiences in all their summertime activities. There are also some things that summer programs can do to create a safe environment for everyone.



In compliance with the Los Angeles Archdiocese, as well as the Holy Family School Admission Requirements, Holy Family School requires 100% compliance with the Safeguard the Children Program to help ensure the safety of our children for the good of the entire school community.  

New or Returning Families:  All parents and any school volunteer (step-parent, legal guardian, grandparent, family member 18+, caregiver, etc) must be in full 100% compliance before the beginning of the 2019-2020 School year before volunteering for or supervising children in any capacity at any HFS events/activities such as driving students to a field trip, serving hot lunch, carpool duty, attending overnight trips, coaching, scouting, supervising students in the drama program etc. or any parish program where an individual will be volunteering with or around children. 

To be completed by each person, not per family, are the following mandatory requirements:

✔︎ Live-Scan Fingerprints/Background Check

✔︎ Current VIRTUS® Training Certificate / VIRTUS® Re-Certification Training Certificate

✔︎ Signed “HFS Receipt of Acknowledgment Form” form

The Completed Certificates and Forms submission deadline to Holy Family School and Holy Family Church is August 12, 2019

If your Virtus certification is more than 30 days past the four-year expiration date, “Protecting God’s Children” three-hour class must be repeated. If you have been keeping current with VIRTUS® online training modules you may be eligible for the Option 3 Certificate.

If you have recently completed Virtus, please submit a copy of your certificate of completion to the school office or to Patricia Plescia so we can then update your records. Please keep the original certificate in a safe place. Place your expiration date on your personal calendar. You are responsible for knowing when your initial Virtus will expire. 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Patricia Plescia at Patricia@holyfamily.org directly.

Safeguard the Children Sessions:

  • Virtus®: “Protecting God’s Children” (Expires after four years) Must register for this session on-line at VIRTUS REGISTRATION. (Click on Los Angeles Archdiocese, San Gabriel Region)
    • Saturday, July 13th • 9:30am – 12:30pm at Holy Family Pastoral Center
    • Tuesday, July 30th • 9:00am – 12pm AND 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Holy Family Pastoral Center
    • Please check virtus.org for additional dates, times, and where sessions are being held
    • The information provided is enlightening, compelling, educates and empowers us as a community to protect our children
    • Reminder to please be on time to your session
    • Due to the subject matter of this session, there are no children (including infants) allowed – please make arrangements for childcare while you are in session
  • Virtus® Re-certification: “Keeping the Promise Alive” To register for this class, please call 626.403.6106. Note: This class is to be taken only after completing “Protecting God’s Children” and before its expiration date. If your Virtus Certificate has expired, you need to re-take Protecting Gods Children”. 
    • Sunday, July 14th • 3:30pm – 5pm at Holy Family Pastoral Center
    • Saturday, August 24th • 930am – 11am at Holy Family Pastoral Center 
    • Please check virtus.org for additional dates, times, and where sessions are being held
    • The information provided is enlightening, compelling, educates and empowers us as a community to protect our children
    • Reminder to please be on time to your session
    • Due to the subject matter of this session, there are no children (including infants) allowed – please make arrangements for childcare while you are in session
  • Live Scan Fingerprinting Sessions
    • L.A. Archdiocese’s free fingerprinting dates and locations can be found on the LA Archdiocese Fingerprinting web page.
    • Tuesday, July 16th • 12pm – 6:45pm at Holy Family Pastoral Center 
  • When you are fingerprinted, you will receive a copy of the “Request for Live Scan Service” Applicant Submission form which you hold onto and give a copy to the HFS school office and HFChurch pastoral center.
  • Fingerprinting with the parish/school is only required once.
  • Unfortunately, fingerprinting through another organization does not meet this requirement.  We realize that teachers, law enforcement and many others submit fingerprints to their employers, but this does not fulfill the Archdiocesan requirement because this information is confidential and cannot be shared between organizations.
  • There is NO fee.
  • To volunteer for the registration desk at any of the above mentioned sessions, please CLICK HERE.

Compliance with the above Safeguard the Children Policy does not guarantee approval to be a volunteer.  The principal reserves the right to deny the opportunity to volunteer to individuals who do not meet the standards of Holy Family Catholic School.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me directly at e-mail patricia@holyfamily.org or 626-403-6106 to reserve your place in the class. Thank you!

Additional Important Certification Info for Archdiocese Los Angeles Safeguard the Children Virtus Training.

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Reporting Child Abuse

It is important that everyone report suspected child abuse. The truth is that our first inclination is to not get involved, but if you fail to act, that is all it takes for abuse or neglect to continue.  If you ever come across suspected abuse, we urge you to call the Los Angeles County Child Protection Hotline at (800) 540-4000.  The hotline is operated twenty-four hours, around the clock, seven days a week.  You don’t need to know that child abuse or neglect is taking place, you are welcome to report your suspicions and consult with a social worker if you are not clear whether what you are witnessing or have learned of is abuse.  Depending on your profession, you might even be legally obligated to report suspected child abuse and neglect, a so-called “mandated reporter.”  But if you are not a mandated reporter, you can even make your report anonymously.

Priests, deacons, school faculty and administrators and other staff members in our parishes and schools have been designated as mandated reporters under California law. When one of these persons receives information leading to a “reasonable suspicion” that a child is being abused or neglected, he or she must make a report to the appropriate child protection or law enforcement agency. For more information on Responding to an Allegation of Suspected Child Abuse: www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/vam.

Los Angeles County:
LA County Child Abuse Hotline: 800.540.4000
Investigative Control Unit for All Child Abuse Reports: 213.486.0530 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department:
Special Victims Bureau (24 hours) 562.946.8531
To speak to a detective 562.946.7960
District Attorney’s Office:
Sexual Crimes Division 213.974.9790
Family Violence Division 213.974.3785
For callers residing outside the State of California who wish to contact Child Protective Services in Los Angeles: 213.639.4500

Victim Assistance

If you are being abused, have been abused, or know someone who is being abused, you can call the Victims Assistance Ministry at 800.355.2545 for assistance. You may also seek help directly by contacting one of the Child Protective Services or one of the Law Enforcement Agencies listed below. In an emergency call 911.

Safeguard the Children Committee

Holy Family has an active STC Committee chaired by a parishioner. More information can be found on the Holy Family Church – Safeguard the Children Website.


Contact Information

Any questions?  Please contact:

Donella Sotelo
Safeguard the Children Committee Chair