In accordance with the US Bishops Council, our archdiocesan safe environment policy states that all adults who have regular contact with children/youth must successfully complete the safe environment training and a background check for SE certification, which is valid for 5 years. This certification must be active for all who have regular contact or have the potential to be alone with children and youth. An example, but not complete list, would be anyone involved in the school: lunch room volunteers, paras, library help, PTO, room parents, field trip chaperons, teachers, or in the parish: coach, assistant coach, RE/CCD, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, vacation bible school. This is in no way a complete listing. If you are planning on participating in any of these events or other events, please make sure you have received your training at least 30 days prior to the event. Once complete, your certification is valid for 5 years.
Thank you to everyone for your dedication to keeping our children safe and doing your part to aid in that process and helping to ensure that St. Matthew is following all the St. Matthew policies, Archdiocesan policies, and the USCCB policies, which were all written so that we may keep our most precious gift from God, our children, safe while in our care.
Click here for a letter of explanation on requirements to volunteer for a St. Matthew Community Event.
Pre-registration on line is a MUST. Please click below to pre-register and view a list of training sessions. TO BE CERTIFIED TAKES MORE THAN JUST ATTENDING THE CLASS. A BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED SO MAKE SURE YOU PLAN AHEAD. YOU CANNOT PARTICIPATE WITH CHILDREN UNTIL ALL THE REQUIREMENTS ARE MET. THIS CAN TAKE UP TO FOUR (4) WEEKS.
You no longer receive a card you will receive an email. Please make sure your email address is kept current. The email address you provide is where all reminders will be sent. If you don't receive an email please check your spam folder.
To register for a Safe Environment Class in the Omaha Archdiocese If you are planning on driving children/youth for an activity please make sure you also take the DRIVING COURSE. See below for more information.
Re-Certification (For those who have been trained previously)
If you have been trained previously and your card expires in this calendar year, you need to complete a re-certification program before you can participate with children. You need to be trained within 1 year of expiration or you will need to attend the initial certification training again.
You now complete the recertification process on line. This on-line program was set up so individuals can complete the training at home at their convenience. Below are some key points to remember about the new recertification: If you are driving children/youth for a St. Matthew activity you will need to complete the driving course also. See below for more details.
The link for the on-line certification is on the archdiocese website: select Safe Environment and then Recertification Online Training to get started. The instructions are easy to follow. For detailed "how to directions" click here
You no longer receive a card you will receive an email. Please make sure your email address is kept current. The email address you provide is where all reminders will be sent. If you do not receive an email please check your spam folder.
If you have questions, need to verify whether or not you have had training, can’t remember your user id or password please contact Deacon Mark White at [email protected] .
Driving for St. Matthew Activities
In order to drive for example to a field trip destination you will need to view the video at Catholic Mutual Group You will use your same log in as your Safe Environment log in. You will need to provide your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and certificate that you completed the CMG driving video.
An excellent free parenting video is now available at Catholic Mutual Group click here www.CMGparent.org.