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Mark Twain Union ESD |  AR  1240  Community Relations

Volunteer Assistance   

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Duties of Volunteers

The Superintendent or designee may assign volunteers to:

1. Assist certificated personnel in the performance of their duties, including in the supervision of students and in the performance of instructional tasks which, in the judgment of the certificated personnel to which the volunteer is assigned, may be performed by a person not licensed as a classroom teacher (Education Code 35021, 45343, 45344, 45349)

(cf. 4222 - Teacher Aides/Paraprofessionals)

(cf. 5148 - Child Care and Development)

(cf. 5148.2 - Before/After School Programs)

2. 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 (Education Code 35021)

3. Supervise students during lunch, breakfast, or other nutritional periods (Education Code 35021, 44814, 44815)

4. Work on short-term facilities projects pursuant to the section below entitled "Volunteer Facilities Projects"

5. Perform other duties in support of district or school operations as approved by the Superintendent or designee

(cf. 6163.1 - Library Media Centers)

Volunteers shall not be authorized to assign grades to students, and 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, 45344)

(cf. 4217.3 - Layoff/Rehire)

Basic Skills Proficiency Requirement

Volunteers who supervise or provide instruction to students pursuant to Education Code 45349 shall submit evidence of basic skills proficiency to the Superintendent or designee. (Education Code 45344.5, 45349)

(cf. 4212 - Appointment and Conditions of Employment)

Criminal Background Check

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

(cf. 4112.5/4212.5/4312.5 - Criminal Background Check)

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

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

The Superintendent or designee shall determine which volunteer positions in the district are subject to the above requirement.

Registered Sex Offenders

The Superintendent or designee may require all volunteers to disclose whether they are a registered sex offender and/or to provide the district with sufficient information in order to allow verification of this status on the Department of Justice's Megan's Law web site.

Tuberculosis Assessment/Examination

Upon initial volunteer assignment, a volunteer shall have on file with the school 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)

(cf. 4112.4/4212.4/4312.4 - Health Examinations)

Volunteer Facilities Projects

All volunteer facilities projects shall have approximate start and completion dates and shall be approved by the principal in advance. Projects also shall be approved in advance by the Superintendent or designee if they involve the following types of work:

1. Alterations, additions, or repairs to buildings and grounds

2. Construction involving wall or roof penetration, drilling, or nailing

3. Structural modifications

4. Electrical, electronic, plumbing, or heating and cooling work

5. Painting

6. Installation of carpet, playground equipment, benches, sprinkler systems, marquees or signs

7. Paving

8. Tree planting, pruning, or removal

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that volunteers possess the appropriate license and/or have sufficient expertise required for 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.

(cf. 3514 - Environmental Safety)

(cf. 3514.1 - Hazardous Substances)

(cf. 7140 - Architectural and Engineering Services)


approved: May 21, 2015 Angels Camp, California