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490

Volunteers in Schools

Background

Volunteers may provide valuable assistance in schools.

Procedures

  1. Principals must approve all volunteers in advance, and coordinate their use.
  2. Principals must provide volunteers with appropriate in-servicing opportunities regarding roles and expectations.
  3. Principals are encouraged to acknowledge publicly the contributions of volunteers.
  4. Volunteers in the school working directly with students shall be under the supervision of a teacher.
  5. Volunteers in the school not working directly with students shall be supervised by a staff member.
  6. Volunteers shall be considered agents of the Board while engaged in their approved tasks.
  7. The school principal may require a CRC be provided by classroom volunteers, at his/her discretion. However, if a classroom volunteer may be with children at any time in the absence of a staff member, they will be required to provide a CRC.
  8. For classroom volunteers (not including supervisors and coaches), once a criminal record check has been provided, the length of time the CRC will be valid will be at the discretion of the principal. In addition, the principal may request a CRC from any volunteer at any time, regardless of when the last CRC was provided.
  9. Additional screening or references may be required by the principal for any volunteer. When the volunteer has been asked to provide a CRC, any fee incurred for the CRC shall be borne by the school.
  10. All volunteers will sign Form 490-1 – Volunteer Service Confidentiality Undertaking.

References:

Sections 20, 27, 60, 61, 113 School Act

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Board Policy 12 Role of the Superintendent

 

Revised May 2012