The Importance of Parents Volunteering in our Schools

Jordan School District works very hard to make our schools better for every child every day. But it can’t happen without the contribution parents make in and outside the classroom. With parents involved, students are more likely to succeed. Join us as we go into the classroom to see first-hand the difference parent volunteers can make in this two-part video. ★

Statement of ..
POLICY
Number: DE502
Effective: 9/10/85
Revision:9/13/11

 

SUBJECT: Volunteer Services


 

  1. Board Policy
    The Board recognizes that students and schools benefit from the services of school volunteers.  Therefore, the Board authorizes the District Administration to provide opportunities for schools to receive volunteer services through the PTA, School Community Council, school/business partnerships, senior citizen organizations, and other groups and individuals with an interest in promoting quality education.  Individuals who serve in authorized volunteer programs or who volunteer at the request of a school administrator, teacher, or other employee shall be considered “Volunteer Government Workers” as defined in Utah Code 67-20—Volunteer Government Workers Act.
  2. Administration Policy
    Jordan District’s volunteer program shall be administered according to the following guidelines:
    Guidelines

    1. The school principal shall be responsible for volunteer programs at the local school.  The principal may use the services of a school volunteer coordinator as necessary.  The principal and/or school volunteer coordinator shall:
      1. Ensure that all volunteers complete a Volunteer Information Application each year prior to volunteering.
      2. Use the volunteer resources available through parent organizations, school business partnerships, senior citizens, retired personnel, student volunteers, community volunteers, university students and staff members, and others as opportunity permits.
      3. Assure that volunteer resources are directed toward goals that have been agreed upon by the faculty, School Community Council, PTA, etc.
      4. Maintain appropriate records of volunteer services.
      5. Prepare an annual report on volunteer services for the school / District to be shared with School Community Councils and other stakeholders.
    2. A criminal background check shall be made prior to giving volunteers unsupervised access to students.
      1. Upon receiving a request from the principal, the Human Resources Department shall initiate the background check.
      2. The potential volunteer shall be fingerprinted and sign a waiver facilitating a search of the Utah Criminal History file.
      3. No one whose record shows a felony or misdemeanor conviction in an area which causes concern for the safety and well-being of students shall be given unsupervised access to students.