School VIRTUS Online Packet

Dear Principals & School Faculty,

Welcome to the 2020/2021 academic year!  We understand that there is much uncertainty as we face school re-openings and distance learning, but it is important that the Church’s commitment to the safety and well-being of our children remains a priority.   As such, and in accordance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the Diocese of San José  will continue to present the  VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children curriculum as the designated youth safe environment program.  The lessons can be presented virtually or in person.

In this packet you will find the following resources. Please read carefully for overview of requirements and materials:

    1. VIRTUS Welcome Letter to Schools
    2. Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide.  ENGLISH | SPANISH
    3. VIRTUS Parent Letter: Please send home two weeks prior to lesson along with VIRTUS Parent Opt-Out Form. ENGLISH | SPANISH
    4. VIRTUS  Parent Opt-Out Form: Please send home two weeks prior to lesson along with VIRTUS Parent Letter. ENGLISH | SPANISH
    5. VIRTUS Annual Audit Reporting Form. Please return to Griselda.Cervantez@dsj.org, no later than April 30, 2021.
    6. VIRTUS Lessons by Grade Level
        • 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
        • 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 | VIRTUS Online Training Module 
          Healthy Relationships for Teens 2.0 Online Module_Expansion with Safe Environment Component

Helpful Tips

    1. Schedule VIRTUS Curriculum early in the school year.  You may choose to present both lessons separately or combined.
    2. Offer Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide as resource to educators.
    3. Send home VIRTUS Parent Letter & VIRTUS Parent Opt-Out Form at least two weeks prior to presentation of VIRTUS lessons.
    4. Keep accurate records of attendance on day of VIRTUS lessons.
    5. Offer electronic or hard copy of VIRTUS lessons to students who turn in Opt-Out Form and to students who are absent.
    6. Complete and submit VIRTUS Annual Audit Reporting Form immediately after completion of VIRTUS© Curriculum, no later than April 30, 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Griselda Cervantez, Victim Assistance Coordinator and Prevention Advocate, via email Griselda.Cervantez@dsj.org or by phone at 408-983-0225.

The Office for the Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults thanks you for your continued partnership in maintaining a safe environment for out most vulnerable. Together, we will face the uncertainty of the new school year with hope, determination, and prayer.