Burke County Public
Schools will recruit volunteers who contribute to the intellectual, physical
and/or emotional development of students and to the well being of the schools.
If you have further questions about volunteering in our schools, please call or
email Debra Story at 828-439-4323. Application for Volunteer Involvement
Before a volunteer is assigned to a task in a school, he or she will be screened.
A. Purpose of Screening
B. Methods of Screening
The Board of Education expects individual schools to use responsible, reasonable methods to screen volunteers. The level of screening is dependent upon the task assigned to a volunteer, the degree of supervision of the volunteer and the nature of the volunteer's contact with students. The level of scrutiny in screening will increase as a volunteer's contact with a student increases and the degree of staff supervision decreases.
C. Task Assignment Descriptions
Task assignment descriptions will be written before a volunteer is placed in a school in order to provide a framework to match a volunteer to tasks for which he or she is qualified.
Burke County Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, ethnic origin, marital status or disability in its recruitment, screening and placement of volunteers.
The Superintendent shall develop procedures to implement this policy.
III. EFFECTIVE DATE
The new policy regarding school volunteers was passed by the Board of Education on March 26, 2010. (Policy # 5015)
All Burke County Public School volunteers working in any setting will be screened. The screening used will be based upon the specific task(s) assigned, the risks associated with the performance of those tasks, and the designation of supervised versus unsupervised student contact. The attached volunteer task assignments set forth in detail the various volunteer job descriptions and the types/frequencies of screening required for each task.
Responsibility for Screening
The principal or his/her designee shall assure that all volunteers are screened. An assigned staff person will review the work a volunteer will be doing to determine the appropriate level of screening. Volunteers who are referred through other agencies are subject to screening requirements consistent with those listed herein. The principal (or designee) must maintain a record of screening data.
Burke County Public School Employees as Volunteers
Current employees are eligible to volunteer in the Burke County Public Schools and are exempt from the screening procedures. No employee to whom wage and hour laws apply may perform volunteer services that are similar to his or her duties of employment.
Volunteers must register in the school office at the beginning of each school visit. Schools must require that each volunteer wear a nametag while in the building.
The Central Office staff will provide assistance in developing task descriptions and volunteer profile forms. They will provide training to implement the screening system. Central Office staff will also conduct reference and record checks when such checks are required. Any volunteer who is charged with a criminal offense, other than a minor traffic violation, must be reported to the personnel office. If there is reasonable suspicion that either a criminal activity or substance abuse has occurred, an additional criminal background check and/or a drug test will be required.
No volunteer who refuses to submit to such drug testing shall be permitted to provide further volunteer service/s to Burke County Public Schools until authorized by the Superintendent.
Volunteers are to be held to professional standards for maintaining the confidentiality of student records and will not be given access to student records without parent/guardian permission. The principal or his/her designee will advise volunteers on the issues and importance of confidentiality of student information.
No student will
participate with a volunteer in a Level 4 activity or ride in a vehicle driven
by a volunteer unless the student's parent or guardian has consented in
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