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The Volunteer Program has been thriving since the beginning of the 2002-2003 school year. So far, our office staff has cleared over 2,500 volunteers. We clear volunteers for Megan’s Law, these people work with children and are supervised by teaching staff. We also clear people through the Department of Justice if it is deemed by the Principal that they will be working with children while unsupervised by a certificated employee. Each week staff goes to the Costa Mesa Police Department to clear future volunteers for Megan’s Law…some week there are more names to clear than others, so there can be anywhere from twenty names to one hundred names to clear at any one given time.

PROCEDURES FOR SCREENING ALL CLASSROOM AND NON-CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS

The District recognizes and values the volunteers who provide a variety of services to our schools. This information sheet provides the procedures to follow to ensure that all volunteers with more than limited contact with students have been screened appropriately to provide for maximum safety for all students in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

Volunteers are grouped into four categories and must be screened as follows:  

 

Level One Non-classroom volunteers with more than limited contact with students who are not always directly supervised by a certificated employee (volunteer coaches, mentors, and paraprofessional counselors, etc.) shall be required to be tested for tuberculoses and must also be fingerprinted and receive a criminal background/records clearance prior to working with students (use existing forms and same process for all NMUSD employees). Volunteer coaches must also meet other screening requirements, such as current CPR and First Aid certification as noted in the NMUSD Coaching Certification Handbook.

Level Two All classroom volunteers with either limited or more than limited contact with students but who are usually supervised at all times by a certificated employee (field trip chaperones, classroom helpers, etc) are required to have a tuberculosis test and must be cleared by the Department of Justice to demonstrate that the volunteer is not a registered sex offender. (Use the NMUSD VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION AND SCREENING FORM)

Level Three Non-classroom volunteers with either limited or more than limited contact with students but who are usually supervised at all times by a certificated employee (office helpers, health office helpers, library/media center helpers) are also required to have a tuberculosis test and must be cleared by the Department of Justice to demonstrate that the volunteer is not a registered sex offender. (Use the NMUSD VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION AND SCREENING FORM)

Level Four As provided in Education Code 45125.1(c), limited contact will be determined by the District based upon the totality of circumstances, including factors such as the length of time the volunteers will be on the school grounds, whether students will be in proximity with the site where the volunteers will be working, and whether the volunteers will be working by themselves or with others. Community members who make a brief presentation to students at the school in the presence of a current NMUSD employee (presentation for career day, school assembly, or one-time presentation in classroom), or who serve in an activity in which there will be no contact with students (Bingo night) are exempt from the above screening.

 

 

 School Responsibilities:

1. Give the potential volunteer the VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION SCREENING INFORMATION FORM. Ask him/her to complete and sign the form. Keep the original for your files and give a copy to the volunteer.

2. A tuberculosis-screening test is required for a volunteer with regular student contact (Levels One, Two and Three). Give the volunteer instruction sheet for the TB certification and the locations for testing to the volunteer. Direct the volunteer to return the TB results to you. When the volunteer provides you with the results of a TB test, please attach the clearance report to the VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION AND SCREENING INFORMATION FORM and record the date that the test expires on the front of the form.

3. Inform all Level One, Two and Three volunteers that the District will screen through the Department of Justice to determine whether or not the volunteer is a registered sex offender.

4. All Level One volunteers (volunteer coaches, mentors, and paraprofessional counselors, etc.) must be fingerprinted and receive a criminal background/records clearance through Department of Justice (DOJ). The volunteer must fill out and submit a REQUEST FOR LIVE SCAN SERVICE FORM (obtained from the Human Resources Office) to the Orange County Department of Education to perform fingerprinting services. The level one volunteer may not be on campus or alone with children until clearance has been received from the Department of Justice.

5. Enter the volunteer information onto the NMUSD website for Department of Justice (DOJ) clearance. The volunteer may begin in a supervised environment until clearance is received and posted by Human Resources. All VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION AND SCREENING FORMS must be kept on file at the school site for the duration of the school year. : : : :

Non-classroom volunteers with more than limited contact with students who are not always directly supervised by a certificated employee (volunteer coaches, mentors, and paraprofessional counselors, etc.) shall be required to be tested for tuberculoses and must also be fingerprinted and receive a criminal background/records clearance prior to working with students (use existing forms and same process for all NMUSD employees). Volunteer coaches must also meet other screening requirements, such as current CPR and First Aid certification as noted in the NMUSD Coaching Certification Handbook.

Online Volunteer Registration Form

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Your information will be electronically forwarded to the school site for further processing.

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