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Deer Valley Unified School District Volunteer Training
Training Agenda The Importance of Volunteering Volunteers Defined Requirements Critical Procedures & Practices Safety Information
DVUSD Mission The Deer Valley Unified School District, in partnership with families and the community, will ensure that all students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and habits needed for success.
Involvement Matters 40+ years of research tells us that when parents are engaged children learn more. Accountability goals will not be met without strong involvement from parents and the community. Organized leadership has an impact. Studies show middle grade students (5-7) list parent involvement as one of three factors influencing their success – supportive teachers and a sense of belonging are the others. Teacher morale improves. School has a positive reputation. ACHIEVEMENT INCREASES!
National Standards for Family-School Partnerships Standard I: Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class. Standard II: Families and school staff engage in regular, two- way, meaningful communication about student learning. Standard III: Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively. Standard IV: Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success. Standard V: Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs. Standard VI: Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation. Welcoming All Families Into The School Community Communicating Effectively Supporting Student Success Speaking Up For Every Child Sharing Power Collaborating With Community
For the purposes of these guidelines and procedures, volunteers are defined as those people who donate time in schools or with students on a regular or reoccurring basis or who engage in serving as a chaperone. Guest speakers or those who assist with a single event may not be subject to these guidelines. Remember … Volunteering is a scheduled, pre-arranged activity. Volunteers Defined
Some Ways You Can Serve Classroom Instructional Volunteer Volunteer Coach Clerical Assistance Volunteer Special Projects Volunteer Media Center Volunteer Office or Health Office Volunteer Booster Clubs & Parent Organizations Chaperone District Committees & Opportunities
The Requirements ALL VOLUNTEERS must: Complete Basic Training Read the Volunteer Handbook Complete and turn into the school the Registration Card and the Service Agreement. Please update these forms annually.
Volunteers must also Sign in and out every time they volunteer Wear an identification badge Follow all school rules Volunteers with no familial connection to the school must complete an application and provide references
Your gift to us 111,053 volunteer hours $2,419,866 net worth ($21.79 per hour according to Independent Sector, a national non-profit coalition) 617 hours daily 77 equivalent # of full-time employees
Fingerprinting will be required for Parents who chaperone overnight field trips Volunteer coaches Fingerprinting will also be completed for volunteers with no familial connection to the school even though they work under the direct supervision of certified staff. Fingerprint results may impact a volunteers ability to serve. Fingerprint results take 6- 8 weeks and clearance is valid for 3 years. Fingerprinting
Critical Procedures & Practices
Supervision Volunteers always work under the supervision of teachers and administrators. Think eye-sight & ear-shot
Confidentiality The problems, abilities, relationships and confidences of students, their parents and the staff should NEVER be discussed with anyone who does not have the professional right or need to know them. Share all vital information with the teacher in private. Do not discuss a childs school progress or difficulties with their parents. This is the teachers responsibility.
Abuse Reporting School volunteers are considered mandatory reporters of suspected child neglect and abuse. If a student discloses that he/she is in a dangerous situation or if you have reason to suspect neglect/abuse, you must report it to a peace officer and/or Child Protective Services.
Release of Students Volunteers may never release a student from school, take a student off campus, or offer them a ride home. Volunteers are not to make arrangements to meet students outside of school.
Role Models As a role model, demonstrate good character and exhibit ethical behavior. Always behave as though children are watching and listening…because they are. BE TRRFCC!
TRUSTWORTHINESS Integrity Honesty Reliable Loyalty RESPECT Courtesy Autonomy Dignity Diversity Golden Rule RESPONSIBILITY Duty Accountability Pursuit of Excellence
FAIRNESS Openness Consistency Impartiality CARING Kindness Compassion Empathy CITIZENSHIP Lawfulness Common Good Environment
Dress Code Casual is fine but remember to model appropriate clothing – no spaghetti straps, strapless, bare midriffs, etc. Different tasks may require different wardrobe.
Access to Information Volunteers may not have access to Student Permanent Records, Medical Files, Grade Student Work or Record Grades. These actions would be a violation of the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
Communication Ask questions or for assistance Get to know others Be dependable, let us know if you cant be here Be a good listener, but please no promises Make eye contact, learn and use names Remember this isnt conference time Be friendly, enthusiastic and SMILE!!
Discipline Volunteers may not discipline students. Make the teacher aware of any discipline problem that arises while working with a student. Feel free to give specific praise and compliments!
Teaching and Learning Volunteers supplement and support the program, but may NOT: Provide the Curriculum or Teaching Plan or Be Used as a Substitute
Gift Giving Please do not give students any materials, including food, without first discussing it with the teacher. Learn & strictly follow all school rules related to allergies.
Restrooms Volunteers may NOT use student restrooms. The staff and/or visitor restrooms are for adult use.
Cell Phones Please turn off your cell phones while in classrooms. Even excusing yourself to answer a call outside is disruptive to the learning environment.
Preschoolers & Volunteers For safety and instructional reasons, make other arrangements for your preschool children if you volunteer on campus.
Safety Awareness If you should become injured while volunteering, you must report that immediately to the school nurse. Ask your school about Evacuations/Fire Drills Lockdowns We want everyone prepared.
Tax Credit Facts Anyone with or without children, married or single, is eligible for this unprecedented state tax credit. The $400 maximum state tax credit is available for taxpayers who are married and filing jointly. A husband and wife who file separate returns for a taxable year in which they could have filed a joint return may each claim only $200. For a single individual or a head of household, the tax credit is $200. A state tax credit will allow you to reduce the amount of your tax liability to the state or increase your refund from the state. If you donate the maximum $400, your Arizona tax bill would be $400 less or your refund would be $400 more. You may donate less than $400 and be eligible to receive the state tax credit in the amount of your donation. The amount you donate (up to $400) will be the amount you may claim as a state tax credit. You may split your $400 donation among more than one public school, but will still qualify for a maximum state credit of $400. Your donation also reduces your taxable income to the federal government, thereby reducing your tax burden to the federal government usually by 1/3 of the donation amount. For information, call the Deer Valley District Office at or 24-hour voic at
Getting Started is as easy as 1, 2, 3! 1.Youve finished training. 2.Complete and turn in your paperwork. 3.Let the teacher or school know you are ready to get started!