St. Pius Elementary School welcomes and encourages all parents, grandparents, and parishioners to actively volunteer and be involved in our school community. Volunteer services makes great things possible at SPES! For the safety of our children all who volunteer on our campus must attend a Safe Environment Training session. These sessions are offered by our school and throughout the Diocese of Lafayette.
What is Safe Environment?
On June 14, 2002 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People". The charter addresses the Church's commitment to deal appropriately and effectively with cases of sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, employees and volunteers within the Catholic Community. The Diocese of Lafayette requires Initial Training (2-hour) for all new volunteers to our community and Continuing Education (1 hour Recertification or "Recert")Training every year after Initial Training. A volunteer is allowed to participate in, and at school, functions once ALL required paperwork is complete and references are returned.
Who Needs Training?
Anyone 18 and older who will come in contact with SPES students through any school-related activities is required to be Safe Environment certified. This includes volunteerism for field trips, classroom parties and/or activities, working in Library or Dining Hall, working on auction projects at school, attending class functions and/or parties, etc.
When and How Do I Get My Safe Environment Certification or Re-Certification?
Registration for Safe Environment classes is required in advance. Contact Judy Keefe, SPES Safe Environment Coordinator at 237-3139, ext.3017 for a full list of dates for fall Initial Certification Classes held at SPES. Mrs. Keefe can also answer any questions you may have about the Safe Environment certification process, on-line recertification and other questions you may have about Safe Environment.
A Message From the Diocese of Lafayette's Safe Environment Program:
If you have reason to believe that a child is being abused or neglected, and that the abuse is by a parent or caretaker, please call: Louisiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline at 1-855-4LA-KIDS (844-452-5437). If suspected abuse is related to a diocesan/church/school program, or if abuse occurred by anyone acting in Church services, a report also should be made to the diocesan victim assistance coordinator, Mr. Joseph Pisano at 337-298-2987, as well as to the Vicar General at 337-261-5613 or 337-735-9451.
SPES Volunteers Work on the Following Which Require Safe Environment Training:
- Room Parents
- Classroom Volunteers
- SPES Coaches and Assistant Coaches
- Dining Hall Assistants
- Birthday Club Luncheon Volunteers
- Junior Achievement Instructors
- Library Assistants