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What are the VIRTUS® programs?

VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote "rightdoing" within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church.

Preventing & Reporting Child Abuse

In 1963, California enacted the first law in the United States requiring the mandatory reporting of child abuse. By 196, all 50 states had similar laws.

These laws seek to protect children by establishing a legal duty to report abuse - and imposing penalties for failing to make a report - on certain occupations. These laws also authorize other adults to contact the authorities to report problems, and establish the immunities and responsibilities of these "ethical" or "permissive" reporters.

St. Catherine of Siena School adheres to all provisions of this law. In addition, all volunteers who work with children in St. Catherine of Siena School and Parish, follow the provisions of VIRTUS. This entails taking a training course and providing a certificate of successful completion.

Click here to go directly to the VIRTUS website.

Click here to complete the training course.

Instructions For Volunteers to Complete VIRTUS:

All families that have not done so must register at Virtus Online.

Click here to go directly to the VIRTUS website.

If you have completed Shield the Vulnerable Please sign in using your firstname.lastname.sf506 update your password and proceed with the registration.

For those who have not completed STV please do the following:

  • Once in the website click on First Time Registrant
  • From there follow the directions making sure that you include a current e-mail and date of birth.
  • Use San Francisco Archdiocese as your Religious Organization.
  • Your primary location is St. Catherine of Siena School.
  • Click volunteer as your primary role.
  • Please complete Protecting God's Children Online Awareness Session 3.0 and advise office upon completion.