Hours for Ours

As we start planning for this coming year, we would like to invite everyone to consider volunteering at St. John School. There are a wide variety of volunteering opportunities and areas in which your expertise and experience can be put to good use. Moreover, studies show that parental involvement in a child’s education is one of the most important factors in raising student self-esteem and academic achievement. We realize, however, that each of our families is unique – with its own priorities, needs, talents, and time constraints – and so we try to provide as many different kinds of opportunities for parental involvement as possible.

Volunteering is a wonderful way to help support St. John School. We understand that finding the time can be difficult. The PTO and the school have many different volunteer opportunities available to help you fulfill your commitment to the students of St. John School.

A minimum of 20 volunteer hours is required for a two parent family and a minimum of 10 hours for a one parent family.  This requirement is fulfilled by accepting a PTO Board member position or an event coordinator position.  Room parents will receive 20 hours of credit. If at the end of the year, your hours have not been completed, you will be charged at a rate of $5.00 per outstanding hour. In the event you are unable to fulfill your required volunteer hours or would like to forgo volunteering, you may pay a fee upfront to help defray costs.  The fee is $300 for a two parent family and $150 for a one parent family.

Policies for Parent Volunteers

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check and complete VIRTUS training prior to working in the school. This includes parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities. Parents are encouraged to promptly complete the online application process.

Register to attend a VIRTUS Seminar Apply for Background Check

Any Volunteer that has been a registered volunteer for St. John’s School since 01/01/2020 is required to submit a signed copy of the following policy update in order to maintain a compliant status and be able to keep volunteering for the school.  If you have already completed this process, please disregard this information.

Dear Saint John the Evangelist Catholic School Volunteer,

Bishop Burbidge promulgated an updated Policy on the Protection of Children/Young People and Prevention of Sexual Misconduct and/or Child Abuse (Policy) on January 1, 2020. The Policy update was necessary to include updates in civil law, canon law, and Church documents that relate to child protection.

The updated policy requires all clergy, employees, and volunteers with substantial contact with minors to acknowledge that they have received a copy of the policy. Attached to this email is a copy of the policy and an acknowledgment page. This acknowledgment page requires you to provide basic identifying information and an electronic signature. It does not require a specialized program – just Adobe reader which is free and may be downloaded on any computer or mobile device.

Once you have completed the document, please hit finish and it will automatically attach to an email with the proper email addresses already loaded in the address section. If for some reason the submit button does not work. Please print a copy, physically sign the document, then email a copy of the signed document to slomax@sjesva.org and opcyp@arlingtondiocese.org