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3.60 School Volunteers

3.60 School Volunteers

Chapter 3.00: School Administration

3.60

SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS

POLICY

School volunteers may be used in schools in order to provide for the improvement of services to students. In providing this service, they may volunteer in individual classrooms or in other areas of the school. Classroom volunteers must work under the supervision of a teacher. They may not assume the responsibility for the guiding of instruction or the control of students in the classrooms. Volunteers within other areas of the school must work under the supervision of the school principal (or designee) and may not assume direct supervisory responsibility of students.

I. Persons interested in being school volunteers may apply at any school. All volunteers must complete an application form. The volunteer coordinator at each school has the responsibility for approving volunteers for that school. All volunteers, including those already volunteering in the schools, must undergo a security check as follows:

A. Volunteers who have been residents of Okeechobee for a period of ten (10) years will be checked through the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office.

B. Volunteers who have not been residents of Okeechobee for a period of ten (10) years, but have been residents of Florida, will be checked through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

C. Volunteers who have not been residents of Florida for a period of ten (10) years will be checked through a fingerprint search with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

D. All costs in connection with the security checks will be borne by the Okeechobee

County Schools.

E. Volunteers who are determined to have criminal records may be, depending on the nature of the offense, asked not to volunteer in a school setting.

II. In carrying out their duties, volunteers are restricted from the following: A. They should not be left alone with students.

B. They should not assume responsibility for the discipline of students.

C. They should not provide the initial instruction for accomplishing instructional objectives.

D. They should not contact parents regarding the performance of students or write comments on papers that go to the students’ homes.

E. They should not have access to confidential files and records.

III. Training will be provided for all volunteers. Such training will normally be held prior to the start of a school year, though other training opportunities may be afforded during the school year. New volunteers will be required to view a video regarding the Okeechobee County Schools volunteer program. These videos will be available at each school site.

IV. Volunteers are covered under the School District’s worker’s compensation program during such times that they are performing volunteer duties.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.

LAWS IMPLEMENTED: 110.504(4)(5), 440.02(15)(d)(6), 768.28, 943.04351, 1001.43,

1012.01, F.S.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULES:

HISTORY: Adopted: 07/14/1998

Revision Date(s):

Formerly: E-30

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