Engaging With Our Students

As community is such a vital part of our school’s success, we invite parents to engage alongside faculty and staff to enhance the student experience. Volunteerism also helps keep costs down and efficiency up.

Twenty hours of volunteer service is required per family, with eight additional hours for families participating in school sports.Below you will find the numerous ways to contribute and earn service hours.  All hours should be documented as all unfulfilled hours have a value of $25 which will be billed at the end of the academic year.

Volunteer Certification

In order to ensure a safe environment for our students, we follow the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for the Protection of Children and Youth guidelines for all volunteers. All volunteers must be screened before engaging with students. Though there are a few steps, our staff is available to help you throughout the process.

The steps to becoming an approved volunteer are straightforward and organized through the Virtus program.

The Virtus portal organizes all the requirements, so step one is setting up an account. Please select “Chicago, IL” as your main location and “Alphonsus Academy” as your site.

Criminal Background Checks are the first requirement, and are rechecked every three years.

Upon completion, you will be prompted to complete the Child Abuse and Neglect Form (CANTS 689) which you will acknowledge and send to the office.

The most important (and time-consuming) portion of the certification is the Protecting God’s Children (PGC) training session. This is available online or on-site at a neighboring church/ school. Upon registration, you must complete it within 15 days. After initial PCG, recertification is required every three years through the Keeping the Promise Alive program.

The Archdiocesan Standards of Behavior for Church Personnel Working with Minors and Vulnerable Adults is required to be signed online annually.

Finally, Mandated Reporter Training (completed through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, not through Virtus) is also required and recertified every three years, including the updated Acknowledgment Form (CANTS 22) which will be returned to the office as well.

Volunteerism Opportunities

Plan Your Tour Today

We invite you to visit our school and discover what our community and school has to offer you and your child. You can tour our facilities, meet our Principal and teachers, see our students in action, and experience the Alphonsus difference.