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Safe Environment Training Program

 
The following are requirements for all who work with children at St. Pius Elementary School.  At the start of the 2020-2021 school year, volunteers will not be allowed on campus in their usual capacity in order to maintain the health and safety of our students.  Parents will be notified when the school moves to a phase when volunteers, once again, are welcomed on campus.  We anxiously await that time! 
 
All volunteers must have completed an initial certification training class, or subsequent recertification, offered at the start of each school year prior to participating in any student-related activity on campus. Certified Safe Environment volunteers may recertify at the start of each school year by attending a recertification class or, online, through the Virtus Program at www.Virtus.org.
 
For the safety of our children and prior to volunteering for a SPES project/event on campus, the Diocese requires all parents and other volunteers to complete the “Safe Environment Training Program for the Protection of Children and Young People.” This involves an initial two-hour session on child abuse, completion of paperwork for a criminal background check and a reference check. Upon completion of these requirements, the parent may volunteer for any parent-based committee or program within the Diocese and at SPES. St. Pius Elementary School follows all required procedures associated with this diocesan program. Several Initial training sessions are offered at the beginning of each school year at St Pius. Parents may choose to attend these sessions at St. Pius or to attend sessions elsewhere within the Diocese. If attending a session elsewhere, a copy of all paperwork must be forwarded to St. Pius Elementary School before the individual is allowed to volunteer at the school. Annual recertification is required by the Diocese.
 
Assistance for Victims of Abuse
Victims of abuse may be referred to the Victim’s Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Lafayette, Mr. Joseph Pisano, Jr. who may be contacted by calling 337-298-2987.
The Victim Assistance Coordinator shall minister to the victim, victim’s family or other person affected. The Victim Assistance Coordinator shall identify professional and other resources and make them available to aid in the care of a victim or other person(s) affected.
The Victim Assistance Coordinator shall make certain that persons recommended to victims/survivors and their families for counseling and/or spiritual direction are highly qualified for such assistance.
 
What To Do If You Suspect Abuse (Reporting Procedures)
You must follow all applicable civil laws for reporting instances of suspected abuse. As a diocesan employee/volunteer, you must also report to your immediate supervisor and your Pastor/Principal/Administrator. It is then your responsibility to make a report to Office of Community Services/Law Enforcement. Within five (5) days of oral report, mandatory reporters are required to complete the following form and submit to Office of Community Services:
Department of Social Services, Office of Community Services: Written Report Form for Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse/Neglect
 
Also, if suspected perpetrator and/or abuse is related to a diocesan/church/school program, a report must also be made to the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Mr. Joseph Pisano, Jr., 337-298-2987 as well as to the Chancellor, Maureen Fontenot.
 
To Report Abuse/What To Do If You Suspect Child Abuse or Neglect
CALL 855-4LA-KIDS (855-452-5437)
One number, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak to a trained child welfare worker to report possible abuse and neglect.
 
Information Needed for Report Abuse:
If known, provide:
Name, address, age, sex and race of child
Nature, extent and cause of child’s injuries or endangered condition including any previously known or suspected abuse to the child or to the child’s siblings
Name and address of child’s parent or caretaker 
Child’s family composition
Names and ages of all other members of the child’s household 
Account of how this child came to the reporter’s attention
Any explanation of the cause of the child’s injury or condition offered by the child, caretaker or any other person.
Any other information which the reporter believes might be important
 
The report shall also name the person or persons who are thought to have caused or contributed to the child’s condition, if known, and the report shall contain the name of such person if he is named by the child.  REMEMBER:  1)  Your report is a request for an investigation, not an accusation.
Information you share is confidential.  2)  You should report EACH incident of suspected abuse.