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Volunteer Guidelines


  • The following expectations are required of volunteers
  • Volunteers must be willing to work under the direction of the teacher or principal;
  • Volunteers must be dependable;
  • Volunteers must have a sincere desire to help and work with children;
  • Volunteers must model professional behavior.

Volunteer Guidelines


  • All volunteers must sign in and out at the main office and wear identification badge at all times;
  • Cell phones should be turned off or set on silent/vibrate while in the building;
  • Respect the teaching/learning time by not using your time at school for an informal parent-teacher conference;
  • Be open and honest in your communication to staff and administration. If you feel a problem exists, help us to identify them by communicating with us.  Please understand that there may be some issues we may not be able to discuss due to confidentiality issues;
  • As a volunteer, you are not expected to administer discipline to children.  If a child is disruptive, seek assistance from the teacher or principal.

Working as a volunteer

  • Match your interests and time availability with school needs; consult the building office for more details regarding school needs, requirements and scheduling options;
  • Know when and whom to contact if problems arise;
  • If you cannot fulfill your commitment for any period of time, notify the office and the teacher so other plans can be made, if necessary;
  • Follow district and school procedures for signing in/out wearing identification badges, using school materials, collecting money and maintaining health and security standards;  
  • Know emergency procedures for safety drills, fire, illness, etc.;
  • Observe confidentiality regarding information, events and people you deal with while volunteering.

Working with Staff

  • Know your area of responsibility;
  • Seek advice and direction from those directly in charge;
  • Maintain a spirit of partnership and cooperation with all staff members;
  • Share appropriate information and suggestions.

Working with Students  

  • Always be consistent with the specific rules and practices encouraged by the teacher or supervisor;
  • Maintain your position of responsibility and authority at all times;
  • Learn names and procedures quickly;
  • Be aware of and sensitive to individual student problems, deficiencies and special needs.