St. Peter’s will present a sexual abuse prevention program, VIRTUS: Teaching Touching Safety, to our Pre-K – 8th grade students on October 7th during PREP class, and to 9th-12th grade students on October 3rd during Youth Group. This safe environment program is provided to us by the Archdiocese of Atlanta and is a part of our ongoing effort to help create and maintain safe environments for all children and youth and to protect all of them from sexual abuse. As a parent, you have the right to choose whether your student participates in the program. You either granted or denied permission on the registration form when registering your child for PREP. We encourage you to read the “overview”, “parent guide”, and “lesson plan” assigned to your child’s age group to understand exactly what your child will be taught. All these materials are available at http://archatl.com/ministries-services/safe-environment/grades-k-12/safe-environment-lesson-plans/ and entering the password: V1rtus. The Safe Environment training for Adults of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children, includes training in how to recognize, prevent and report abuse. All employees, and volunteers who regularly work with minors, receive this initial training, as well as ongoing training and background screening. The Code of Conduct, Sexual Abuse Policy, Ministerial Standards for Clergy, Educators and all Working with Children and Vulnerable Individuals, Social Media Policy as well as the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People are all available at the diocesan website, www.archatl.com. The Archdiocese of Atlanta is committed to helping children and young people learn and grow in a healthy and safe environment. We at St. Peter’s are happy to partner with you in working to keep your children safe.
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