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VIRTUS® Catholic Safe Environment Curriculum

The Diocese of San Jose is proud to present the VIRTUS® Catholic Safe Environment Program as the annual curriculum for our students, both in our private schools and faith formation programs from Kindergarten through 12th grade.  All training sessions must be documented and reported to the Office for the Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults (OPCVA).

Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide for Presenters
ENGLISH | SPANISH

The following lesson plans include:

  • An appropriate reflection from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • A goal, including expected learning outcomes
  • An overview for creating a successful learning experience for the specific age group
  • Key vocabulary words and definitions that apply to the lesson
  • Suggested activities, with instructions
  • A closing prayer that reflects the key message of the lesson

These lessons focus on an age-appropriate discussion of touching safety, relative to the specific roles that different people play in a child’s life. All of the lessons stress the importance of keeping private body parts “private.” All of the components of the lesson plan that precede the activities are designed to help give you, as the presenter, the perspective you’ll need to help your students have a more meaningful learning experience.

IMPORTANT: Educators must remember that the lesson plans are designed for you as an outline for presenting the subject matter. Do not distribute the lesson plans to your students. Both lessons are to be presented as designated for the appropriate grade levels. Each lesson is approximately 30 minutes in length. In addition to the curriculum, there is a video component to be used in conjunction with the age appropriate lesson plans outlined below.

Please read the VIRTUS® Lesson Plan Overview before presenting the material: ENGLISH | SPANISH
VIRTUS® Power to Protect 2.0 Lesson Plans | Academic Year: August 2019 – June 2020

  • Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Curriculum & Power to Protect 2.0 Video ENGLISH | SPANISH
    Lesson 1 – Physical Boundaries: Safe and Unsafe Touching Rules ENGLISH | SPANISH
    Lesson 2 – Safe Adults, Safe Touches and Special Safe Adults ENGLISH | SPANISH

  • 3rd Grade – 5th Grade Curriculum & Power to Protect 2.0 Video ENGLISH | SPANISH
    Lesson 1 – Physical Boundaries: Safe and Unsafe Touching Rules ENGLISH | SPANISH
    Lesson 2 – Safe Adults, Safe Touches and Special Safe Adults ENGLISH | SPANISH

  • 6th Grade – 8th Grade Curriculum & Power to Protect 2.0 Video ENGLISH | SPANISH
    Lesson 1 – Physical Boundaries: Safe and Unsafe Touching Rules ENGLISH | SPANISH
    Lesson 2 – Safe Adults, Safe Touches and Special Safe Adults ENGLISH | SPANISH

  • 9th Grade – 12th Grade Curriculum & Power to Protect 2.0 Video ENGLISH | SPANISH
    Lesson 1 – Physical Boundaries: Safe and Unsafe Touching Rules ENGLISH | SPANISH
    Lesson 2 – Safe Adults, Safe Touches and Special Safe Adults ENGLISH | SPANISH

Forms for Safe Environment Opt-Outs & Training Documentation:
– Opt-Out Form: ENGLISH | SPANISH

– Family Safety Session: ENGLISH | SPANISH
– USCCB Annual Audit Reporting Form – SCHOOL FORM (pdf)
– USCCB Annual Audit Reporting Form – PARISH FORM (pdf)