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Redwood City SD |  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. 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. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

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 are encouraged at the teacher's discretion. 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.

(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)

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

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

45340-45349 Instructional aides

45360-45367 Teacher aides

49024 Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate

49406 Examination for tuberculosis

GOVERNMENT CODE

3543.5 Prohibited interference with employees' rights

HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE

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

3364.5 Persons performing voluntary services for school districts

PENAL CODE

290 Registration of sex offenders

290.4 Information re: sex offenders

290.95 Disclosure by person required to register as sex offender

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 22

101170 Criminal record clearance

101216 Health screening, volunteers in child care centers

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

6319 Qualifications and duties of paraprofessionals, Title I programs

ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS

62 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 325 (1979)

COURT 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

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education: http://www.ncpie.org

National Parent Teacher Association: http://www.pta.org

Policy REDWOOD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: November 4, 2009 Redwood City, California