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Before you can get involved with volunteer activities at OSM, you MUST be compliant with the Archdiocese of Chicago Volunteer Requirements.


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 Old St. Mary’s School. 


*For non-compliant volunteers, other opportunities are available that do not include working with children. 



Returning parents who were compliant last school year:

If you were compliant last year, to remain compliant, you should complete a new CANTS and Code of Conduct Form. These forms must be completed and turned in annually. 


New OSM parents/returning parents who were not compliant last year:

  • Create a Virtus Account and Attend a Virtus/Protecting God’s Children session being held Virtually for the time being

    • Create an account for yourself at www.virtus.org (This is individual, NOT family)

      • Select Site in the Primary Location Box: Old St. Mary’s School (not, Old St. Mary’s, that’s the Parish)

      • Application Type: Volunteer

      • Complete an Online Criminal Background Check through your account

        • Shortly after completing the background check information on Virtus, look for an email from VERIFY2 and complete the information. It will be sent to the email account you put on your Virtus account. You must respond to this email to complete your background check​

  • Once each parent sets up an account and their background check is complete their account will prompt them for a virtual training session that they will take on their own time

  • Print two copies of the virtual certification and bring one to school and keep one for your records  

  • Print and fill out the following forms through Virtus, and turn them into OSM to the attention of Maria Valerio 

  1. Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Authorization for Background Check (CANTS) Form

  2. Code of Conduct Form (ACC)

These forms must be completed and turned in ANNUALLY

Appropriate forms or instructions for all the above items are on the Archdiocese of Chicago website


Please return all forms to the school office. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact virtus@osmschool.com .

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