Volunteer Procedures

 


Thank you for your interest in volunteering in the Worth County School District.  Community support is vital to the success of our schools, and we welcome and appreciate your willingness to serve.


 

Guidelines for Volunteer Levels

  • Level 1 – Level 1 volunteers are non-district personnel who will have no direct interaction with students such as volunteers working on playground construction or assisting with facilities maintenance when school is not in session.
  • Level 2 – Level 2 volunteers are non-district personnel who will have direct interaction with students with other adults present at all times (supervised at all times).  When Level 2 volunteers interact with students, a Worth County School District employee or no fewer than two other adult volunteers must be present at all times.  Examples of Level 2 volunteers include one day field trip chaperones, parents/guardians volunteering for a field day or book fair, classroom helpers, in-class tutors.
  • Level 3 – Level 3 volunteers are non-district personnel who will have direct, unsupervised interaction with students.  Examples of Level 3 volunteers include chaperones on overnight field trips and mentors who have unsupervised interaction with students.

Note: School visitors are not considered volunteers.  Examples of visitors include individuals who come to the school for the following reasons: visiting during lunch, at parties, at field day (only watching activities), at spring fling type activities such as giving out or taking tickets, dropping off goodies for a party; attending parent/teacher conferences, 504/IEP meetings, school wide and classroom programs; reading a book to the class with district personnel present at all times.  This list is not exhaustive.

 

Criminal Background Check Requirements

In support of student safety, the Superintendent requires that all schools and administrative offices identify and screen all volunteers in accordance with the following guidelines.  Security clearances for volunteers must be renewed every three years. 

Level 1

Level 1 volunteers do not require criminal background checks.

Level 2

Level 2 volunteers do not require criminal background checks.  School staff shall check the volunteers’ names in the Georgia and federal sex offender registries.  Registered sex offenders may not volunteer.  School administrators shall have the discretion to pursue any other screening methods including, but not limited to, personal interviews and reference checks.

Level 3

Level 3 volunteers shall have a background check completed by Background Investigation Bureau (BIB) prior to service.   The fee for this check is $16.95.   School administrators shall have the discretion to pursue any additional screening methods including, but not limited to, personal interviews and reference checks.  Level 3 volunteers must be approved by the Human Resources Department and the principal of the school prior to participating in activities involving direct, unsupervised interaction with students.

 

Procedures

  1. Individuals interested in volunteering should contact the school Parent Engagement Coordinator to complete the Volunteer Application.
  2. Each school will determine the level of the volunteer’s planned activities based on the guidelines for volunteers and inform applicants of approval to volunteer.
  3. The Parent Engagement Coordinator will provide information about the next scheduled Mandated Reporter Training session or provide information on how to complete the online Mandated Reporter Training course.  This training must be completed by volunteers at all levels prior to volunteering in the schools.  Mandated Reporter Training is an annual requirement.

 

Qualifications of Volunteers

Prior to participating in a Worth County School District volunteer activity:

Level 1 volunteers must

  • complete the Volunteer Application,
  • receive approval from the school,
  • complete Mandated Reporter Training

Level 2 volunteers must

  • complete the Volunteer Application,
  • meet security check requirements,
  • receive approval from the school,
  • complete Mandated Reporter Training

Level 3 volunteers must

  • complete the Volunteer Application,
  • have a background check completed by BIB,
  • receive approval from HR and principal,
  • complete Mandated Reporter Training

 

Volunteer Forms

2016-2017 Volunteer Application

Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement