Volunteering at GC
At Good Counsel, we rely heavily on our volunteers who offer significant contributions to the success of our students and the future of our school. We are incredibly grateful for your time, expertise, and talent; however, the Annotated Code of Maryland is very clear about the need for criminal background checks for school employees and volunteers. The purpose of the policy is to protect our children and our school.Prudent practice dictates that we have background checks done for volunteers on our campus (or extensions of our campus) who will have substantial contact with children under the age of 18 years.
Substantial contact is defined as: Contact with children in which the duration and scope in both time and exposure to children is neither rare nor limited and may occur in a routine and/or ongoing basis. This includes all overnight activities with children. Examples of service to the school which will require persons to meet our volunteer screening requirements are chaperones on school trips, sales assistants in the school store, drivers to extra-curricular events, and so on.
If you believe that you are likely to volunteer at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in a context that would involve substantial contact with students, please begin the process by completing the Application for Volunteer Service and return the application to us at school as soon as possible.
Note: volunteers are permitted to serve while the reference check and criminal background screening are being performed. Continuance as a volunteer is contingent upon results of these screenings being acceptable to the School.
VIRTUS Volunteer Screening
We understand that some potential volunteers have completed VIRTUS volunteer screening for the Archdiocese of Washington or STAND training for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. We do not accept these clearances in lieu of our own. We are an independent corporation and our legal and moral responsibilities to our students make it necessary for us to have control of the background checks for volunteer service performed for the School. Regardless of clearances gained elsewhere, all persons seeking to volunteer at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School must complete the screening process outlined above.
We take seriously the matter of your privacy. Our point of contact for the implementation of the background check procedures is HR Manager, Evelyn Nicholas. Ms. Nicholas will ensure the confidentiality of all volunteer personnel files. These files will be kept in a secure area and, once filed, will not be removed from the designated area. Only school administrators and Mrs. Perfetto will have access to these files. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Evelyn Nicholas at 240-283-3308.
We understand the inconvenience of this policy. As one volunteer said, “All I want to do is help.”