Volunteering at BCS

At Butler Catholic, we encourage family participation at our school. Parent volunteers are vital for many school programs, including cafeteria help, playground monitors, PTG, library aides, homeroom helpers, the Athletic Association and many more.  We encourage every BCS family to volunteer 40 hours of service to the school throughout the school year.  Service hours need to be recorded on the Service Hours Log and returned to the school office.  Service may be completed by any family member 16 years of age or older, but anyone over the age of 18 must have all their Diocesan clearances.

In order to protect the safety of all children, it is the policy of the Diocese of Pittsburgh that anyone who serve as a volunteer within our school complete the Clearance Process as outlined below. Everyone, including both paid and volunteer staff, on a parish, school or central administration level that has direct contact with minors is required to complete this process. While this process may seem cumbersome, it was developed to protect our school community’s most precious resource: our children.

Adult employees and volunteers (age 18 and older) who have regular contact with minors (under age 18) must complete a five-step process in which they undergo a background check to receive clearances, register in the diocese’s database and complete the Protecting God’s Children and Mandated Reporter training programs.

To find step-by-step instructions, visit the diocesan website to help you complete this very important process to ensure we keep our school as safe as possible.

Helpful Hints:

The Safe Environment Database online application takes approximately 20 – 30 minutes to complete and will include a criminal background check.   Follow the link for “first time users” for the Safe Environment Database.  Select Butler Catholic School as your primary school, and the access code,  is “Protect.”  Click here to read through an instruction card with easy steps for first time filers on how to create your electronic file on the diocesan database.

To expedite the process, please have the following information on hand before starting the application:   Residential History for the past seven (7) years;  Employment History for the past five (5) years;   Educational History starting with High School;   Volunteer History of the four (4) most recent volunteer activities; and  References: one (1) professional, one (1) personal, and one (1) family member.

If you have any questions, please contact Butler Catholic School’s Safe Environment Coordinator, Linda Gurner at gurnerl@butlercatholic.org.