Safe Environment Office

2023 Safety Coordinator Shout – Out‘s

Each month we will give a shout-out to a safety coordinator at a parish or school who is well deserving. During the month of April we recognized and and honored Tracy Perrett.

Tracy was recognized as Safety Coordinator of the Year for 2023!

Tracy’s parish career began 6 years ago when she was hired as an Administrative Assistant at Holy Family Elementary in Hays, KS. Her duties include safety coordinator, social media and marketing, retention and recruitment.

This year as a school they have been have been following the virtue of Hope and the Bible verse guiding them has been Isiah 40:31. But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. “God will take care of all things if I only place my Hope in him”.

 Tracy is married to her high school sweetheart, she and Eddie have two boys, Seth and Ben. She is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Hays, KS and co-chair of the Art and Environment Committee as well as a Eucharistic Minister. Tracy is professional, organized, dependable and hard working. Tracy’s strong communication skills are what stand out most, which is so important as we continue to train and educate people in our parishes, schools, and community; with our mission, promise to protect, pledge to heal.

We greatly appreciate Tracy’s work as Safety Coordinator and all she does at Holy Family Elementary in Hays, KS

During the month of May we are recognizing Michelle Coonrod.

Michelle has been with Manhattan Catholic Schools (MCS) for 5 years as an administrative assistant. Prior to working at MCS she was a stay at home mom to 4 great growing and very busy kids.  Now, Kelsey 21, is attending Ft. Hays State University to become a radiology technician. Cole 18, is a senior in HS and he will be attending Hutchinson Jr College to play football and studying Exercise Science.  Cameron 15, is a Freshman in high school who keeps her busy with his wrestling.  Cain 13, 7th grader who is active in basketball and looking out for her!  “Her favorite saint, really isn’t a saint, St Michael the Archangel.  “I feel as a mother its fitting that he, as well as I, am a protector, healer and finding justice between the disagreements my kids have with one another as well as teaching them how to find justice within their own disagreements. “

Michelle is professional, organized, meticulous and hard working. Michelle’s attention to detail is what sets her apart from the rest, which is so important as we continue to train and educate people in our parishes and schools the importance of providing safe environments for our children.

We greatly appreciate Michelle’s work as Safety Coordinator and all she does at MCS in Manhattan, KS.

‘Be Strong and steadfast; Have no fear or dread of them, for it is the Lord, Your God, who marches with you; He will never fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6.


Please click compliance letter below to read the letter addressed to Bishop Vincke from StoneBridge Business Partners regarding the most recent audit findings from our on-site audit conducted September 2021.


The Catholic Diocese of Salina is committed to maintaining safe environments for children to learn, pray and grow. The Safe Environment Office is responsible for implementing and overseeing the full diocesan response to the USCCB’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (click below to read). To ensure the safety of children and young people entrusted in our care, we provide educational training programs (through CMGConnect on-line platform), conduct presentations, and provide resource materials to personnel ministering to minors in our schools and parishes in relation to the directives of the Charter. Along with the training, with the assistance of the Human Resources Department, the office helps to oversee background screenings of these trained adults.

USCCB’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

The Victim Assistance Coordinator (VAC) manages the Catholic Diocese of Salina’s response to a victim/survivors of sexual abuse by serving as a contact and support for them, offering information regarding therapy, counseling and opportunities for outreach toward healing and restoration for the individual and their family. The VAC may also make recommendations to the bishop regarding any special needs of the affected parishes or community.

The Safe Environment Office supports our parishes and schools, maintains the compliance of our Dioceses and is an excellent resource for parents, educators, volunteers and community members.


As a community of faith, we believe that the prevention of child sexual abuse begins with each person. Increased awareness and a willingness to take action are steps for every person to take to eradicate abuse in our society, in the community, in the neighborhood, and in the family.

In the Catholic Diocese of Salina, we ensure this by:

  • Thoroughly screening and training all clergy, employees, educators and volunteers, with regard to contact with minors. This group includes drivers who transport minors, coaches, kitchen workers, and playground supervisors, just to name a few. The training is done through CMGConnect our on-line training platform through Catholic Mutual which includes an integrated background check through
  • Providing appropriate training in recognizing and reporting child sexual abuse to appropriate civil and church authorities. This training is done through meetings and presentations and is also discussed during on-site audit visits with parish and school Safety Coordinators, Pastors and Principals. Child Abuse training materials are presented through various handouts, flyers, posters and are distributed to parishes and schools via our website, newsletter, and the SDNB.
  • Holding all members of the clergy, employees and volunteers who work with minors to Christ centered and professional policies and codes of conduct. Read the Diocese of Salina Policy and Code of Conduct below.
Diocese of Salina Policy , Code of Conduct, Social Media
  • Providing safe environment training for STUDENTS in catholic schools and parish religious education programs. In these yearly refreshers, teachers will instruct ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children and young people. These age appropriate lessons may include information and instruction about: God’s love, relationships, personal space, boundaries, respect and care; safe and unsafe touches; lures, internet safety, bullying, as well as how to get help from a trusted adult. This training is for students in grades K-12.
  • For more information regarding the Safe Environment Program for the Catholic Diocese of Salina please contact Wendy Backes 785-827-8746 #24