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Volunteer Training Workshop Searcy School District By : Betsy Bailey, School/Community Coordinator
Why Are Volunteers Important?
A. C. A § 6 -15 -1701 Parental Involvement in Arkansas Public Schools The Searcy School District is committed to fostering and promoting parental involvement. We are grateful for parents and community members who are supportive of the school district and who are willing to volunteer their time and efforts to provide a quality education for all students.
Searcy Public Schools utilize a visitor management system called Hall Pass. The visitor management system will protect students and faculty by logging visitors, screening for sex offenders and school restricted individuals. Additionally, all entrances have a buzzer system for increased security. Our first concern is the safety of our students and staff members.
District Volunteer Policy • The Searcy School District adopted a district-wide policy for all volunteers in August 2015. This policy may be found on the Searcy School District homepage or on campus sites under Volunteer Opportunities or Quicklinks. • http: //www. searcyschools. org/o/searcy-schooldistrict/page/district-volunteer-policy--2
Parent Volunteers • 6 tips for being a good Volunteer • Office/Classroom Participation • Crisis Management • Nutrition • Confidentiality • Recording Volunteer Time
6 Tips for Being a Good Volunteer ✓Respect a Teacher’s Planning Time ✓Be Willing to Do Whatever is Needed ✓Respect the Teachers’ Lounge ✓Be as Unobtrusive as Possible ✓Respect Teachers by Viewing Them as Professionals ✓Check in and out of school How to Be a Respectful Parent-Volunteer office/Wear volunteer tags Five Tips for Working With Teachers in Their Classrooms © Marcy Paulson
Punctuality and Dependability ❑Be on time! ❑Please be thoughtful and let those who are depending on your help know you won’t be able to volunteer as planned.
Office Equipment Use ❑Make certain you are familiar with the use of technical equipment such as copiers, laminators, etc. If you are unsure of a project’s directions or how to use equipment, please ask the teacher who requested the work or the office staff. ❑Please leave at least one copier free for quick access of office staff and teacher use. ❑Please leave the workspace neat.
Classroom Volunteering ❑It is really not safe, or professional, to have your pre-school children with you when you are volunteering. Equipment and machines can be dangerous and children can be a distraction in the classroom. (This is a building-level principal decision) ❑Cell phones should be set on silent or vibrate while volunteering. ❑If assisting in a school event, make sure you are clear on procedure.
Classroom Volunteering Continued ❑Familiarize yourself with school rules and the appropriate dress code. ❑Contact the teacher if you are concerned about a child’s behavior. Do not discipline the child yourself. ❑Please refrain from interrupting your child’s teacher to discuss a problem your child may be having in class. Schedule a conference instead. Then the teacher will be able to devote all the attention your child deserves in helping you solve the problem.
Crisis Management ❑Anytime a student bleeds or becomes sick, contact the school nurse or custodian for the proper cleanup procedure. ❑If a student conflict breaks out, seek help immediately and do not intervene. ❑Above all, we do not want a negative experience for our volunteers. Please contact a teacher or administrator if a situation arises.
Nutrition Guidelines for Public Schools • During the declared school day, an elementary school site (K-6) may not serve, provide access to, through direct or indirect sales, any foods or beverages. This includes foods or beverages given, sold, or provided by school administrators or staff, students or student groups, parents or parent groups, or any other person, company or organization associated with the school site. Use of food as a “reward” is strictly prohibited (including food “coupons”). • Students may be given any food and/or beverage items during the school day for up to nine (9) different events each school year to be determined and approved by school officials (e. g. holiday parties, parties at the end of testing weeks, track & field days). These items may not be given during meal times in the areas where school meals are being served or consumed. These events must not be restricted to certain students based on good performance/behavior, as that construes using the food as a “reward”. • Pre-packaged foods are the only foods to be served at holiday or schooldetermined parties
Confidentiality All students have different learning styles and perform on different levels. Our teachers and administrators are trained to educate students on all educational planes. Here are some tips to remember concerning confidentiality: • Never talk to your own children about other students’ behavior or grades. • Never talk to your friends or family about students’ behavior or grades. • If working in the office, never give out students’ or teachers’ personal information. • Never repeat conversations overheard in office, workroom, hallway or classroom. • Never post anything on social media about the behavior or actions of students in the classroom, cafeteria, playground, etc.
Physical Contact Elementary/Middle: ▪ Many young children like to hug; use the teacher’s guidance on physical contact with elementary/middle school age children. Secondary: ▪ Maintain a professional relationship with ALL secondary age students.
Recording Volunteer Time School secretaries will check you in as a “Volunteer” as opposed to “Visitor. ” It will log individual volunteer hours. At the end of the school year, we can print reports that include total numbers of service for individual volunteers and total number of volunteers.
Arkansas Parent Information and Resource Center http: //www. parenting-ed. org/
Thank you!!!!! We at Searcy Public Schools are grateful to have supportive parents and community volunteers who want to assist in the education of their children and other children in our school district. Please contact the building principal if you have any questions or concerns during your volunteering experience.