Administrative Procedure 490
VOLUNTEERS IN SCHOOLS
The Division values the contributions of volunteers, while recognizing its commitment to ensure the safety of students.
is a person who volunteers his or her time in a school to assist students and staff. This may be on a one-time basis or occur over an extended period of time, and may include time in the classroom, in the school, as a supervisor on a field trip or as an individual volunteering for specific programs such as a fine arts production, a speech and debate event or as a coach of a school sports team.
- The principal shall ensure, prior to volunteering, volunteers complete the Division Confidentiality Undertaking Declaration for Volunteers (Form 490-2) to make a declaration they do not have a criminal or child intervention record.
- The principal has the discretion to request additional information and records be provided if circumstances warrant.
- The principal shall ensure volunteers who are expected to spend an extended period of time with students and/or with student(s) in an unsupervised setting provide a copy of a current Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check that is satisfactory to the principal prior to undertaking such activity.
- If a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check is deemed necessary, the principal shall provide the volunteer with a Request to Waive Fees for Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check (Form 490-3) explaining the application is as a volunteer in a non-profit organization and therefore the fee would generally be waived.
- If a volunteer is serving for an extended period of time because of, for example, coaching a team or supervising a club, the volunteer shall participate in and comply with the training deemed appropriate by the principal, such as Welcoming, Caring, Respectful, and Safe Learning and Working Environments, Professional Boundaries, and/or Occupational Health and Safety.
- For the purpose of this Administrative Procedure, a current Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check is one that is less than six-months-old.
- If the result of the Confidentiality Undertaking Declaration for Volunteers (Form 490-2) or Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check indicates a record exists, the individual's volunteer application shall be declined.
- If the principal believes there are extenuating circumstances and supports the volunteer application, an applicant who has a criminal or vulnerable sector record may appeal this decision in writing to the Division Principal. The result of this appeal shall be final.
- Volunteers shall complete all required form(s) annually. All documents pertaining to the application of a volunteer shall remain in the school for the balance of the school year.
- If a person wishes to volunteer in more than one school during the same school year, the principal of the first school may forward the documents to the other school(s).
- The Principal or designate shall provide the volunteer with information regarding pertinent Board policies, Division administrative procedures and expectations they will be expected to follow.
- The principal may deny or revoke permission for a volunteer to work in schools if the volunteer is in breach of Board policies or Division administrative procedures, or if the principal considers it advisable.
- Whenever possible, volunteers are to be supervised by a staff member identified by the principal or designate.
- The principal shall establish an appropriate tracking system to verify the identification of volunteers and determine the number who are at school at any one time.
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Last Updated: September 2019