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Kingsburg Elementary Charter |  AR  1240  Community Relations

Volunteer Assistance   

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Duties of Volunteers

Volunteers may assist certificated personnel in the performance of their duties, in the supervision of students, and in instructional tasks which, in the judgment of the certificated personnel to whom the instructional aide is assigned, may be performed by a person not licensed as a classroom teacher. These duties shall not include assignment of grades to students.

(cf. 4222 - Teacher Aides/Paraprofessionals)

Volunteers may supervise students during lunch and/or breakfast periods or may serve as nonteaching aides under the immediate supervision and direction of certificated personnel to perform noninstructional work which assists certificated personnel in the performance of teaching and administrative responsibilities.

Volunteers may work on short-term facilities projects pursuant to Governing Board policy and administrative regulation.

Qualifications of Volunteers

Volunteering is a privilege, not a right. Accordingly, volunteers may be denied the ability to begin or continue in a volunteer capacity at any time for any reason.

Volunteers providing supervision or instruction of students pursuant to Education Code 45349 shall give evidence of basic skills proficiency.

(cf. 4212 - Appointment and Conditions of Employment)

Expectations for Volunteers

1. A volunteer must dress professionally, use appropriate language, have a positive attitude, be punctual, and dependable.

2. A volunteer assists the teacher and does not direct him/her, or offer advice, regarding teaching the students.

3. A volunteer works with all students, not just his/her own child.

4. Cell phones should be turned off as to not interrupt the class.

5. In order to volunteer in the classroom or on any school activity, insurance requires that no siblings may accompany the volunteering adult on the field trip or in the classroom.

Exclusion of Volunteers

Upon receiving the criminal background information regarding a volunteer, the Superintendent or designee shall not place a volunteer in a childcare or child development program who has been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation or arrested for any crime under Penal Code Sections 245, 273a, 273.5 or 290 or other serious felonies involving gang affiliation, children, abuse of any kind, drugs, and/or death. (Health & Safety Code 1596.871).

In all other programs, the Superintendent or designee shall not place a volunteer who has been convicted of a serious or violent felony as defined in Penal Code Sections 667.5 and 1192.7. For any other conviction, the Superintendent or designee may decide to not utilize the volunteer depending upon the nature of the conviction as it relates to the volunteer's duties. A person who is required to register as a sex offender pursuant to Penal Code Section 290 shall not serve as a volunteer. (Education Code 35021)

The Superintendent or designee shall verify by reasonable means that persons serving as volunteer instructional aides and nonteaching volunteer aides are not required to register as a sex offender pursuant to Penal Code 290.

(cf. 3515.5 - Sex Offender Notification)

Upon initial volunteer assignment, a volunteer shall have on file with the District a certificate showing that he/she has submitted to a tuberculosis risk assessment and, if tuberculosis risk factors were identified, was examined and found to be free of infectious tuberculosis. (Education Code 49406)

Thereafter, each volunteer who was found free of infectious tuberculosis shall undergo a tuberculosis risk assessment, and an examination whenever risk factors are identified, at least once every four (4) years or more often, when required by the Governing Board upon recommendation of the County Health Officer.

The Superintendent or designee may exempt from tuberculosis testing requirements those volunteers who currently serve in another school district and have a current TB test verification.

All volunteers in contact with students must be fingerprinted for criminal record clearance unless they serve for less than 10 days a month under the constant supervision of an adult who has met criminal record clearance requirements.

Volunteer Facilities Projects

All volunteer facilities projects shall have approximate start and completion dates and must be approved by the principal in advance.

Projects approved by the principal shall also be approved in advance by the Chief Business Official, Superintendent or designee if they involve the following types of work:

1. Painting of playground equipment, benches, etc.

2. Planting ornamental flowers or other greenery in flowerbeds

3. Light cleaning of a defined school ground(s)

4. Painting of poles, courts, trim and railing

5. Planting of Trees

A volunteer or group of volunteers will coordinate with the school site principal before beginning any type of project. The type of non-instructional volunteer activity that does not require formal pre-approval is the washing of exterior walls and exposed/fixed equipment.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that volunteers possess the appropriate license and/or have sufficient expertise appropriate to the project. He/she shall also ensure that such projects comply with building and safety codes and other applicable laws and collective bargaining agreements. The district shall provide on-site assistance and supervision for such projects as necessary. Projects shall be inspected upon completion to ensure that the work was done satisfactorily.

(cf. 3514 - Environmental Safety)

(cf. 3514.1 - Hazardous Substances)

(cf. 7111 - Evaluating Existing Buildings)

(cf. 7140 - Architectural and Engineering Services)


approved: September 11, 1997 Kingsburg, California

revised: December 10, 2012

revised: August 18, 2014

revised: October 13, 2016