Child Protection

One of the greatest responsibilities adults ever face is the protection of children under their care. That is a duty that falls heavily upon those who minister in the name of the Church because children are entrusted to us in so many ways – in schools, in religious education, in Scouting, on field trips, and in sports. Parents have a right to expect that their children are as safe as humanly possible in all of these situations.

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr


Bishop Leibold School adheres to the guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in the Decree on Child Protection when it comes to our faculty, staff, and volunteers. 


All new employees (cleric, parish, school, Archdiocesan employees and Archdiocesan institutions) must complete both manual and an electronic background check at the time of employment with no further requirement for a manual fingerprint completed in the future.  This electronic background check is done through SELECTiON.COMCurrent employees must sign up for electronic background  checks through SELECTiON.COM within 5 years of their last manual fingerprinting or December 31, 2018 whichever is sooner.

Read the entire policy here


Who is a Volunteer?

A "regular volunteer" as defined by the Decree means a catechist, scout leader, coach, server coordinator, etc. who functions in a regular, significant relationship with children. This includes interns, student teachers, and others in a similar capacity. Moreover, any volunteer who works with children more than one (1) hour should comply with the diocesan policy. It does not include the occasional volunteer such as a driver or chaperone for individual activities.


Effective July 1, 2014, you MUST have completed the VIRTUS Training & be current with the VIRTUS Online Bulletins in order to continue to work with children. The former Child Protection Workshop Training no longer counts towards your compliance.


  • Attend a VIRTUS Awareness Session and complete a background check.

  • Complete the monthly Virtus Training Bulletins 

Missing 3 or more will result in being required to retake the class in person.

View the Virtus Monthly Bulletin Policy.



To avoid having to pay for the background check up-front, St. Henry and BLS volunteers must adhere to the following procedures:

  1. Contact Mary Ehret for a pre-paid token code, at 937-434-9231 or prior to registering.

  2. Once you have your token, register for a VIRTUS Session at and click “Registration.”

  3. Make sure you have St. Henry Parish – Dayton as your Primary Location, or your token will not work.

  4. You will be able to complete your background check as a part of the registration process


For step-by-step directions, click here.


Please Note: NO WALK-INS WILL BE ACCEPTED at VIRTUS Awareness Sessions at St. Henry due to connection to new background check process.

Any questions about working with children and child protection, please contact Mary Ehret, our Safe Environment Coordinator at 937-434-9231.


A FAQ on Virtus at Bishop Leibold can be found here

Full text of the Decree on Child Protection, Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

View Updates on the Child Protection Decree for a summary of the changes.

Parents, we need your help. Learn all you can about How to Protect Your Children

For additional information from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on reporting, click here. 

For additional information from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on their pledge to restore trust, click here.