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Volunteer Assistance

 

The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) recognizes that volunteer assistance in schools can enrich the educational program, increase supervision of students, and contribute to school safety while strengthening the schools’ relationships with the community. The County Board encourages parents/guardians and other members of the community to share their time, knowledge, and abilities with students.

 

The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a plan for recruiting, screening, and placing volunteers, including strategies for reaching underrepresented groups of parents/guardians and community members.  He/she may also recruit community members to serve as mentors to students and/or make appropriate referrals to community organizations.

 

The County Board prohibits harassment of any volunteer on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status. (Government Code 12940)

 

As appropriate, the Superintendent or designee shall provide volunteers with information about school goals, programs, and practices and an orientation or other training related to their specific responsibilities. Employees who supervise volunteers shall ensure that volunteers are assigned meaningful responsibilities that utilize their skills and expertise and maximize their contribution to the educational program.

 

Volunteer work shall be limited to those projects that do not replace the normal duties of classified staff. The County Board nevertheless encourages volunteers to work on short-term projects to the extent that they enhance the classroom or school and comply with employee negotiated agreements.

 

The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures for determining whether volunteers possess the qualifications, if any, required by law and administrative regulation for the types of duties they will perform.

 

Volunteers shall act in accordance with county policies, regulations, and school rules. The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for investigating and resolving complaints regarding volunteers.

 

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

 

Workers’ Compensation Insurance

 

The County Board desires to provide a safe environment for volunteers and minimize the district’s need to see the resolution to adopt exposure to liability.

 

 

 

Upon the adoption of a resolution by the County Board, volunteers shall be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for any injury sustained while engaged in the performance of service for the district.  (Labor Code 3364.5)

 

 

 

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

44814-44815  Supervision of students during lunch and other nutrition periods

45125  Fingerprinting requirements

45125.01  Interagency agreements for criminal record information

45340-45349  Instructional aides

45360-45367  Teacher aides

48981  Parental notifications

49024  Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate

49406  Examination for tuberculosis

GOVERNMENT CODE

3543.5  Prohibited interference with employees’ rights

12940  Prohibited discrimination and harassment

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

3352  Workers’ compensation; definitions

3364.5  Authority to provide workers’ compensation insurance for volunteers

PENAL CODE

290  Registration of sex offenders

290.4  Information re: sex offenders

290.95  Disclosure by person required to register as sex offender

626.81  Sex offender; permission to volunteer at school

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

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS BOARD DECISIONS

Whisman Elementary School District, (1991) PERB Decision No. 868

 

 

 

Policy Adopted: 04-13-17