Volunteers in Schools
Volunteers may provide valuable assistance in schools.
- Principals must approve all volunteers in advance, and coordinate their use.
- Principals must provide volunteers with appropriate in-servicing opportunities regarding roles and expectations.
- Principals are encouraged to acknowledge publicly the contributions of volunteers.
- Volunteers in the school working directly with students shall be under the supervision of a teacher.
- Volunteers in the school not working directly with students shall be supervised by a staff member.
- Volunteers shall be considered agents of the Board while engaged in their approved tasks.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- All volunteers will sign Form 490-1 – Volunteer Service Confidentiality Undertaking.
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