Safe Environment Training


Our children depend on us to protect them. We require anyone who wishes to work with our children and teens, or to apply for any position, must take Safe Environment Training and submit to a criminal background check, and they must also be acquainted with the education staff for at least 6 months. The safety of our children is our prime concern. We need the entire parish to be on guard and keep St. Paul a safe haven for our children.


 If you have any question about becoming safe environment trained, please contact Joan at 719-219-2712. 

St. Paul Catholic School Training Schedule

All New & Returning Volunteers:

As mandated by the Bishop's charter all volunteers involved with children must complete Safe Environment Training (annually), Background check, Volunteer application, and a Volunteer Interview. This must be completed before you can volunteer. This includes, but is not limited to Field trips, homeroom parents and lunch & recess duties. These forms can be obtained from the office. Please allow 1.5 hours for initial Safe Environment Training. Dates are scheduled as follows - all training's will be held at 8:45am (following Mass) and 1:30pm in the cafeteria. 

  • Tuesday, September 10th
  • Thursday, September 12th
  • Monday, September 16th
  • Wednesday, September 18th
  • Friday, September 20th
  • Tuesday, September 24th
  • Monday, September 30th

Returning Volunteers:

To complete the Safe Environment UPDATE online, click here. Click Sign In on the upper right hand corner. Do not create a user name, we have done that for you.

  • User Name:
  • Password: 1234 (please change when you log in)



You can also click here to visit the Diocesan website with additional training opportunities. 



The lists below are not intended to be exhaustive, but are provided to serve as a guide to interactions and behaviors with minors. Violations should be reported immediately.

 Appropriate Physical Interaction

  • Side Hugs
  • Shoulder to shoulder or "temple" hugs
  • "A-frame" hugs
  • Handshakes
  • "High-fives" and hand slapping
  • Pats on the head or back when culturally appropriate
  • Holding hands (with smaller children in escorting situations)
  • Holding hands during prayer

Inappropriate Physical Interaction

  • Any form of affection unwanted by the minor
  • Showing affection in isolated areas
  • Physical contact insisted on or requested by an adult or minor volunteer
  • Inappropriate or lengthy embraces
  • Full frontal hugs
  • Kisses
  • Touching knees or legs
  • Touching buttocks, chest, or genital areas
  • Wrestling, "rough-housing," tickling
  • Corporal punishment
  • Allowing a child to cling to another's leg
  • Massage

Appropriate Behavior

  • Consistently applying the Guidelines for Working with minors (for adult volunteers only)
  • Providing a safe environment where the dignity of and respect for every individual is ensured
  • Knowing how and to whom to report inappropriate behavior
  • Avoiding emotional attachment and/or vulnerable situations
  • Awareness of the powerful attraction of minors to those in positions of trust, and ability to refer minors developing dependency to another qualified adult

Inappropriate Behavior

  • Contact with minors via any personal communication tools (such as phone, instant messaging, e-mail, social networking site…)
  • Being alone with minors while working in the scope of volunteer duties (such as a vehicle, restaurant, residence, sleeping facility, locker room, rest room, hot tub or pool, etc.)
  • Allowing or assisting minors to have access to alcohol, drugs, pornographic material, inappropriate website, DVD, CD or any illegal substance.
  • Photographing minors without parental consent
  • Singling out a minor with a personal gift

Appropriate Verbal Interaction

  • Positive reinforcement
  • Appropriate jokes
  • Encouragement
  • Verbal praise
  • Program content communications

Inappropriate Verbal Interaction

  • Name calling
  • Cursing
  • Off-color or sexual jokes or innuendo
  • Shaming or belittling
  • Compliments/comments related to physical attributes
  • Telling secrets/asking children to keep secrets
  • Racial or ethnic insults, slurs or derogatory remarks about others
  • Discussing personal adult matters, including sexual issues
  • Using harsh language that may intimidate or frighten minors


To view the complete Safe Environment Training Handbook, click here.


Check out this video from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops