2008 volunteer information
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 7, 2008
Zina McGowan-Thomas, Public Information Officer, 301-475-5511, ext. 193
SMCPS IMPLEMENTS NEW PROCEDURES TO SCREEN VOLUNTEERS
LEONARDTOWN , MD Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, St. Mary's County Public Schools will implement new procedures for screening volunteers to ensure an appropriate level of background checks for all community members who provide volunteer hours to its schools.
Under the new procedures, two classifications of volunteers have been established -- “registered volunteers” and “temporary volunteers.”
A registered volunteer serves on an occasional or routine basis and may have unsupervised contact with a student at or away from the school site. This group includes, but is not limited to, chaperones for field trips and overnight school trips, coaches, tutors, mentors, school office/classroom aides, and student-teachers. Registered volunteers will be required to complete an application for a formal background screening. Costs associated with this screening will be covered by the school system.
A temporary volunteer participates in a single event and will not have unsupervised contact with students. This group includes, but is not limited to, chaperones for field trips and school dances, and guest speakers. Temporary volunteers will be required to complete a volunteer application to be screened against the National Sex Offender Registry. There are no costs associated with this screening.
Volunteers play a vital role in student success and contribute to the vast learning experiences of students. As the school system continues to make these opportunities available, it will also continue to move forward to provide the safest and most secure learning environment for all students.
Parents and community members interested in serving as school volunteers in St. Mary's County Public Schools are asked to obtain a volunteer application from the main office of their local school. Any questions related to volunteers should be directed to the school, or the St. Mary’s County Public Schools Supervisor of Safety and Security, Mr. F. Michael Wyant, at 301-475-4256, ext. 188.
Click Here to obtain a SMCPS Volunteer Application Form.
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