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Novato USD |  BP  1240  Community Relations

Volunteer Assistance   

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The Board of Education encourages parents/guardians and other members of the community to share their time, knowledge and abilities with students. The Board recognizes that volunteer assistance in schools can enrich the educational program, enhance supervision of students and contribute to school safety while strengthening the schools' relationships with the community.

(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. 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 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)

As appropriate, the Superintendent or designee shall provide volunteers with information about school goals, programs and practices and an orientation or 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.

Volunteer work shall be limited to those projects that do not replace the normal 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, and comply with employee negotiated agreements.

(cf. 4141/4241 - Collective Bargaining Agreement)

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.

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. 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.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

Prior to assuming a volunteer position to work with students in a district-sponsored student activity program, a volunteer shall possess an Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. (Education Code 49024)

A volunteer who obtained both a Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background clearance through the district prior to July 9, 2010 shall have satisfied this requirement. (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)

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 any 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)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

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

44227.5 Classroom participation by college methodology faculty

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

GOVERNMENT CODE

3543.5 Prohibited interference with employees' rights

12940 Prohibited discrimination and harassment

HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE

1596.7995 Immunization requirements for volunteers in child care center or preschool

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

LABOR CODE

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

PENAL CODE

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

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 22

101170 Criminal record clearance

101216 Health screening, volunteers in child care centers

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS BOARD DECISIONS

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

Management Resources:

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Department of Education, Parents/Family and Community: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/pf

California Department of Justice, Megan's Law: http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov

California Parent Teacher Association: http://www.capta.org

Commission on Teacher Credentialing: http://www.ctc.ca.gov

Policy NOVATO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: September 30, 2008 Novato, California

revised: December 7, 2010

revised: December 19, 2017