School Volunteer Information
If you are a visitor or volunteer, you must obtain Child Abuse Clearances. Guidelines and Requirements for School Volunteers can be found in Section 800 of our Board of School Directors Policies. Holding the position of a volunteer is not a right, but a privilege conferred upon the volunteer by the Board, acting through the building principal of each school within the school district. All volunteers have specific requirements that need to be completed PRIOR to participating in any volunteer experience. Forms are available to download.
Classroom Visitations by Parents
A great time to visit the classrooms is during American Education Week. Watch for more information about this fun event. If you are visiting your child’s classroom because you are a mystery reader, attending a meeting/conference, assisting the teacher with a special project/event please adhere to the following procedures:
- Please ring the bell for admittance into the building
- Sign-in and obtain a visitors badge from a secretary and make sure the badge is clearly visible at all times
- All parents dropping off forgotten items (homework, birthday treats, books, etc.) are to leave them in the vestibule. Our secretaries check this periodically and ensure the items are delivered to the classroom.
*Please keep in mind that upon entry into the school building, you will be asked to show proper identification (Driver’s License) for purposes of visiting a classroom or picking up a child*
All field trip chaperones are required to have a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance on file in the school office
- Inform the nurse if you have a chronic medical condition or if you take medication, in case of an emergency.
- Follow all procedures of the trip as outlined by the teacher(s).
- Know the itinerary and follow it closely. No detours or side trips.
- Know and understand the rules of behavior.
- Clarify your expectations to all students about their compliance with the rules of behavior. Report mishaps or misbehaviors to the teacher right away.
- Follow role model behavior, i.e., refrain from smoking, using profanity, dress appropriately. Refer to the list of our students and know their medical needs.
- Report to the nurse any medical questions or problems, as soon as possible, and make sure children go to the nurse to receive medications on time.
- Stay with the students at all times. Escort them to the washrooms and wait for them either outside or inside the washroom. If you do not enter the washroom, have a planned secret code to use.
- For example, if the child seems to be taking too long, open the door of the washroom and say in a loud voice, “Happy,” and instruct the child to say, “Birthday,” or some other code. If the child does not respond, go into the washroom after the child, or call for help.
- Make sure you take a roll call of the children before you leave any place and before the bus leaves.
- Be careful of distractions that interfere with your supervision of the children at all times, i.e., cell phones, long conversations.