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Volunteering & Parent Involvement

St. Barnabas relies on our parent volunteers to execute many of our special events and activities for students and families throughout the school year.  We are fortunate to have a very active and dedicated parent community to support our school, but we are always excited to welcome new parent volunteers into our school community!
The Family School Association (FSA) and the School Board are strong and engaging mechanisms where parents can get involved.  There are at least 15 active committees within FSA, and the School Board offers committees on Education, Marketing/Public Relations, Community Involvement, Facilities and Climate/Culture. Parents are encouraged to get involved in any of these opportunities.
  • All volunteers work under the direction and approval of the school principal.
  • As of June 2009, all parent volunteers in any capacity, from working in small group settings, coaching or going on field trips, must fulfill these requirements:
    • Complete the Archdiocesan online criminal background check
    • Read and sign the Archdiocesan Code of Conduct
    • Fill out the DCFS background check (CANTS form) each year
    • Attend a three-hour training session (Virtus), “Protecting All God’s Children”
    • NEW for 2021-2022 School Year: All parent volunteers must provide the school with a copy of your Covid vaccine card or proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of any volunteer commitment time.
    • These requirements must be met before working with children. Information and forms can be found at

For the safety of our students, all volunteers at St. Barnabas School must complete VIRTUS training through the Archdiocese of Chicago. Please read the tips and complete the steps below to become VIRTUS-trained and maintain your standing. We greatly appreciate you sharing your time and talents with us!


Background Check Tips

Go to

  • First Time Registrants
  • Select Chicago, IL
  • Create a user ID
  • Create a password
  • Fill out personal information
  • Location: St. Barnabas Chicago
  • Choose: Volunteer
  • Answer additional questions
  • Electronically sign and print DCFS/Code of Conduct forms and submit to school office
  • Complete online background check
  • Choose: Attend Virtus class
  • Submit Virtus certificate to school office

Note: If you have attended the Virtus class but failed to do an online background check, please contact Sheri Jendra at  A link will need to be provided in your current Virtus Account in order for you to complete the online background check.