Volunteer Requirements (VIRTUS Training)

  • All Good Shepherd volunteers are required to complete the Essential 3 (E3) to protect our children. Essential 3 (E3) Requirements for Volunteers: All parish, school and archdiocesan employees, as well as all volunteers who have either regular or unsupervised interaction with minors, must complete the Essential 3 (E3) requirements:
    • Background CheckCode of ConductSafe Environment Training
    To create a VIRTUS account and complete the E3 requirements or to check your current status, go to www.virtus.org.

    Questions? Contact Renee Hamilton (reneehamilton@goodshepherdgv.org) Parish Office Manager and Safe Environment Coordinator for Good SheCatholic School.

    Further Explanation of the Essential 3 (E3) for new employees and volunteers:
    • Background Check – The background check is run by an archdiocese-approved agency and provides a criminal history. This is an important step to screen out individuals who might present a danger to children and youth.Code of Conduct – A person must acknowledge that he or she understands and agrees to the principles and standards outlined in the code of conduct appropriate to his or her employment or ministry.Safe Environment Training – (Effective July 1, 2020) VIRTUS Online Protecting God’s Children 3.0 and Saint Paul-Minneapolis Reporting Suspected Child Abuse is a 75-minute online awareness training that provides information on the protection of children and vulnerable adults. Specific training is included on how to report suspected abuse in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
    E3 Re-credentialing is required every three years, and consists of:
    • Background Check – Submitting to a re-check
    • Code of Conduct – Signing a new copy
    • Safe Environment Training – Completing a re-training module, including specific training on how to report suspected abuse in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Thank you for taking these important steps to volunteer at Good Shepherd School! We are so grateful for your time and talents!