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Lawndale ESD |  BP  1240  Community Relations

Volunteer Assistance   

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The Board of Trustees encourages parents/guardians and other members of the community to share their time, knowledge and abilities with students. Volunteer assistance in schools enriches the educational program, enhances supervision of students and contributes to school safety while strengthening the schools' relationships with the community. The Board also encourages community members to serve as mentors providing support and motivation to students.

(cf. 1000 - Concepts and Roles)

(cf. 1700 - Relations between Private Industry and the Schools)

(cf. 4127/4227/4327 - Temporary Athletic Team Coaches)

(cf. 4222 - Teacher Aides/Paraprofessionals)

(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)

(cf. 5148 - Child Care and Development)

(cf. 5148.2 - Before/After School Programs)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a plan for recruiting, screening and placing volunteers, including strategies for reaching underrepresented groups of parents/guardians and community members. He/she may also recruit community members to serve as mentors and/or make appropriate referrals to community organizations.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 1400 - Relations between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures to protect the safety of students and adults. These procedures shall include laws related to tuberculosis testing and may also include laws related to criminal record checks.

Volunteers shall be provided with information about school goals, programs and practices and shall receive an orientation and other training related to their specific responsibilities as appropriate. Employees who supervise volunteers shall ensure that volunteers are assigned meaningful responsibilities that capitalize on their skills and expertise and maximize their contribution to the educational program.

Volunteers shall act in accordance with district policies, regulations and school rules. At their discretion, employees who supervise volunteers may ask any volunteer who violates school rules to leave the campus. Employees also may confer with the principal or designee regarding any such volunteers. The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for investigating and resolving complaints regarding volunteers.

Workers' Compensation Insurance

The Board desires to provide a safe environment for volunteers and minimize the district's exposure to liability.

Upon the adoption of a resolution by the Board, volunteers shall be entitled to workers' compensation benefits for an injury sustained while engaged in the performance of service for the district (Labor Code 3364.5)

(cf. 3530 - Risk Management/Insurance)

(cf. 4157.1/4257.1/4357.1 - Work Related Injuries)

The Board prohibits harassment of any volunteer on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status. (Government Code 12940)

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 3515.2 - Disruptions)

Volunteer maintenance work shall be limited to those projects that do not replace the normal maintenance duties of classified staff. The Board nevertheless encourages volunteers to work on short-term projects to the extent that they enhance the classroom or school, do not significantly increase maintenance workloads and comply with employee commitments and contracts.

Volunteer aides shall not be used to assist certificated staff in performing teaching or administrative responsibilities in place of regularly authorized classified employees who have been laid off. (Education Code 35021)

Volunteers shall act in accordance with district policies, regulations, and school rules. The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for investigating and resolving complaints regarding volunteers.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 3515.2 - Disruptions)

The Board encourages principals to develop a means for recognizing the contributions of each school's volunteers.

(cf. 1150 - Commendations and Awards)

The Superintendent or designee shall periodically report to the Board regarding the district's volunteer assistance program.


The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures for determining whether volunteers possess the qualifications, if any, required by law and administrative regulation for the types of duties they will perform.

Prior to assuming a volunteer position to work with students in a district-sponsored student activity program, a volunteer shall obtain both a Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check through the district. (Education Code 49024)

A volunteer who possesses a current Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, issued prior to July 9, 2010, shall have satisfied district requirements for the criminal background check. (Education Code 49024)

Legal Reference:


8482-8484.6 After School Education and Safety program

8484.7-8484.9 21st Century Community Learning Center program

35021 Volunteer aides

35021.1 Automated records check

35021.3 Registry of volunteers for before/after school programs

44010 Sex offense; definition

44814-44815 Supervision of students during lunch and other nutrition periods

45125 Fingerprinting requirements

45125.01 Interagency agreements for criminal record information

45340-45349 Instructional aides

45360-45367 Teacher aides

48981 Parental notifications

49024 Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate

49406 Examination for tuberculosis


3543.5 Prohibited interference with employees' rights

12940 Prohibited discrimination and harassment


1596.871 Fingerprints of individuals in contact with child day care facility clients


1720.4 Public works; exclusion of volunteers from prevailing wage law

3352 Workers' compensation; definitions

3364.5 Authority to provide workers' compensation insurance for volunteers


290 Registration of sex offenders

290.4 Information re: sex offenders

290.95 Disclosure by person required to register as sex offender

626.81 Sex offender; permission to volunteer at school


101170 Criminal record clearance

101216 Health screening, volunteers in child care centers


6319 Qualifications and duties of paraprofessionals, Title I programs


Whisman Elementary School District, (1991) PERB Decision No. 868

Management Resources:



California Department of Education, Parents/Family and Community:

California Department of Justice, Megan's Law:

California Parent Teacher Association:

Commission on Teacher Credentialing:


adopted: June 1, 2004 Lawndale, California

revised: February 1, 2011

revised: October 20, 2015