Code of Conduct for Volunteering

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    • Sign in and sign out so that the office staff can locate you in an emergency. If the school has an electronic check in or check out ask how you can add your travel time. (This also helps the Volunteer Coordinator keep track of volunteer hours. Please include travel time in your recorded volunteer hours.)
    • Always wear your volunteer name tag so you are identifiable for the safety of our students and schools.
    • Dependability is a must. Always be on time or call ahead in case of an absence.
    • Remember that the teachers and principals are the professionals on campus and are in charge. You are at school to help or have been invited as a part of the community.
    • Be aware that many things you may hear and see are subject to student confidentiality laws, so never discuss school policies, problems, or procedures in front of students or to others outside of the school environment. However, if you ever suspect a child has been abused, notify the teacher, counselor and/or other officials immediately.
    • Volunteers must appreciate the diversity of the students and be respectful of the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition of establishing or sponsoring any religion in the schools. All volunteers’/mentors’ efforts during the school day must be non-sectarian in nature.
    • If working with a specific teacher, meet with him/her to discuss specific duties and offer to do any task that will free the teacher to provide more instruction to the students.
    • Know where to park because parking is a premium at some schools.
    • Serve as a good role model for students in behavior, attitude, speech and dress. Professionalism, courtesy and flexibility are all assets of a classroom volunteer. 
    • Help boost every child’s self-esteem by expressing as much approval as possible and refraining from criticism.