Volunteering is an important part of St. Luke School. We truly appreciate the time and talents our families so generously give to our school community. It means we can provide daily activities and special events that are successful, safe, and engaging for our students. Our primary goals are simple: focusing on the students and strengthening our school community. Bringing parents together in service for the young people here at St. Luke is a vital component to a strong school. Your volunteer commitment allows us to operate efficiently and effectively, and we sincerely hope it provides your family with much in return as well.
With this in mind, we ask every school family to commit to volunteering their time to St. Luke School. This service will take many forms, from walking in the Walk-a-Thon or chaperoning a field trip to participating on a school committee to helping out at hot lunch. We recognize the many and varied work schedules along with family commitments of our school families, but there are many opportunities available outside of regular school days for you to consider.
Archdiocese of Chicago Volunteer Compliance Requirements
The Archdiocese of Chicago has mandated requirements for all volunteers who work with children in Archdiocesan schools. The following must be completed prior to volunteering with children at St. Luke School:
Returning parents who were compliant last school year
If you were compliant last year, you should complete a new CANTS and Code of Conduct Form. These forms must be completed and turned in annually to remain compliant. You must also read and complete the monthly emails from VIRTUS.
New parents/returning parents who were not compliant last year
Create a Virtus Account (Step-by-step instructions can be found here)
Attend VIRTUS/Protecting God’s Children for Adults Training Session
- Sessions are held throughout the Chicagoland area
- You must pre-register for the session you plan to attend. A full list of sessions and registration can be found at virtusonline.org
Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS Form)
- Complete, sign, and submit to St. Luke School.
- You will need to complete this form on an annual basis to remain compliant.
Code of Conduct Form
- Review and provide an electronic signature
Online Criminal Background Check
- Background checks required every three years
Once you register for VIRTUS account, you will receive emails approximately once per month. The emails will contain a link to a bulletin which you must read in order to remain compliant.
All volunteer coaches are also required to complete the Mandated Reporter Training online.