The Board of Education recognizes the need to develop a school volunteer program to support district instructional programs and extracurricular activities. The purpose of the volunteer program is to:
- Assist employees in providing more individualization and enrichment of instruction;
- Build an understanding of school programs among interested citizens, thus stimulating widespread involvement in a total educational process; and
- Strengthen school/community relations through positive participation.
Volunteers are persons who are willing to donate their time and energies to assist principals, teachers and other school personnel in implementing various phases of school programs. Volunteers shall serve in that capacity without compensation or employee benefits except for liability protection under the district’s insurance program. An application shall be filled out by each prospective volunteer and forwarded to the District Office for evaluation.
The Building Principal will forward his/her decisions concerning selection, placement and replacement of volunteers to the superintendent for final evaluation. Following approval from the Superintendent of Schools, volunteers selected for work in the district shall be placed on the list of approved volunteers. However, the Superintendent retains the right to approve or reject any volunteer applications submitted for consideration.
Administrative regulations have been developed to implement the terms of this policy and to periodically inform the board of the progress of the school volunteer program. Volunteer Protection Act of 1997, United States Code (USC.) Section 14501 et seq. Education Law Sections 3023 and 3028 Public.