We value student safety as much as our families do. We reviewed the volunteer program last year and saw ways to improve how we ensure students are working with positive adult role models who also value student safety.
Volunteers can now apply to work with students in three categories. The categories are based upon how closely they work with students. For example:
- A school day volunteer who works inside a school with many students and adults present.
- An extended support volunteer who might work closely with one or two students at a time. Volunteer activities including overnight chaperone, volunteer club advisor, and program booster require this level of application.
- A volunteer athletic coach who works with students before or after school, on a playfield, in a locker room, in the district or at out-of-district events. The new volunteer application system aligns the type of background check to the category of volunteer and the access each category of volunteer has to students with and without supervision by other district staff.
A volunteer coach undergoes the most rigorous background check because of coaches’ access to students. Extended service volunteers undergo the second most rigorous because those volunteers often work one-on-one with students. School day volunteers’ backgrounds are also checked. Because they do not have unsupervised access to students, their clearance process does not go as deep or as far as the others.