Volunteer Policies and Guidelines

VOLUNTEER GUIDELINES

(Based on SMUSD Board Policy, Communication 1240 and 1250)

On behalf of San Elijo Elementary School, the staff would like to thank you for volunteering and would like to address some of the general guidelines for parent volunteers. It is our sincere desire to make each parent a part of our school, feel welcome on campus and included in all aspects. Many of you have expressed a desire to help in your child's classroom to assist the teacher and the students. The following are some guidelines to ensure that all of our students are safe at school. All volunteers must be a parent or legal guardian of a child in the classroom. Volunteering must be scheduled and approved by the teacher. Volunteers are limited to no more than twice a week for 1 hour at a time in the classroom.

*School administration can make changes to the school's volunteer policy at their discretion.

Below are important policies to follow while volunteering:

  • Follow and support the policies and rules of the school.
  • Respect and maintain the confidentiality of matters that occur within the school.
  • Please do not discuss a student with others.
  • Confidentiality is of the utmost importance. If you have a concern about any issue, contact the teacher/principal to promote rumor control.
  • Expect children to treat you with respect. Students who are disrespectful or disobey a school rule should be reported to the person in charge (supervisor, teacher, administration).
  • While in school, ask children to refer to you as Mr., Mrs., or Miss. This will help eliminate confusion for most children.
  • Attend strictly to the duties for which you have volunteered and the area to which you are assigned. Please do not use this time to monitor your child's class or inquire about his/her progress.
  • Only volunteers with a current background clearance are permitted to work with children outside the teacher's immediate supervision.
  • Your own children should not accompany you.
  • Dress and grooming should be suitable for the public school setting.
  • If you are unable to attend a scheduled day, please contact the teacher or designated contact for your classroom as soon as possible so those involved won't worry about you. It will also allow time to make new arrangements
  • Please switch cell phone to vibrate while working in the classrooms. If you need to make a call, please step out of the classroom.
  • Children should not eat or drink, unless directed by the professional in charge.
  • Children are not permitted in the staff work room at anytime.
  • Thank you for volunteering at SEES. Every volunteer is required to sign in at the office, wear a name badge and have the proper paperwork on file. Please see the front office or the classroom teacher to make sure you have filled out the required paperwork. We monitor our volunteers closely.