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Volunteering

 
Birney welcomes volunteers.

Getting Started

 Volunteers must comply with the district's volunteer screening requirements.

Community members interested in volunteering should:

  1. Comply with appropriate volunteer screening requirements. (English) (Spanish)
  2. Complete and return a school volunteer application. (English) (Spanish)
  3. Read and acknowledge understanding of the Volunteer Code of Conduct: (English) (Spanish)
  4. Provide results of Tuberculin skin test.

Parent and community volunteers must complete a volunteer application and be cleared of tuberculosis (TB) before volunteering on our campus.
 According to state law, all staff and volunteers must have clearance from tuberculosis on record. The clearance is good for four years. Our school district does not provide TB tests and clearances. Volunteers must secure this clearance on their own and provide documentation to the main office. See below for additional screening requirements.
 
Parent and community volunteers MUST sign in at the office and pick up a volunteer or visitor badge before entering the school. All volunteers must sign out each day in the book provided in the office.
 
To protect the confidentiality of our students, the following jobs are not given to volunteers:
  • Jobs that require access to office and student records.
  • Jobs that reveal information about student progress.
  • Jobs that take the student away from the supervision of a teacher.

Volunteer Screening Requirements

The school board has established four categories for school volunteers, each with different screening requirements.
 
Category ACategory BCategory CCategory D
Sample Duties:
  • Visitor or guest for one-time event
  • No unsupervised exposure or contact with students
Sample Duties:
  • Group exposure with direct staff supervision
  • Classroom exposure supervised by district staff
  • Open/public settings/classrooms where staff/adults can observe at all times
  • Always within unobstructed view
  • No solitary time with students
Sample Duties:
  • Unsupervised time with students only while on district property with district personnel on site
  • Time with students in areas outside of classroom where staff/adults can observe most times
  • Occasional short periods of solitary time with students and short duration of obstructed view
Sample Duties:
  • Unrestricted exposure/unsupervised interaction with students
  • Off-campus setting and unsupervised solitary time
Examples:
  • Read Across America guest reader
  • Principal for a Day participant
  • Guest/resource speaker or classroom presentation
  • Senior exhibition panel member
  • One-time volunteer for school/classroom event
  • Parents eating lunch with their child
  • Parents participating in parent involvement activity such as "Family Friday."
Examples:
  • Classroom assistance, tutoring or reading
  • School police parent patrol volunteers
  • Field trip chaperones (drivers must also follow district procedures re: licensing and insurance coverage)
  • Non-classroom volunteers (office, PTA, SSC, Foundation)
Examples:
  • On-site tutoring outside of the classroom (i.e., OASIS tutoring program, Cal-SOAP)
Examples:
  • Volunteer walk-on coaches
  • Senior high support personnel for athletics
  • Offsite tutoring/mentoring
  • Overnight chaperones
Screening Requirements:
  • Sponsored or approved by site or district employee
  • Show ID to site
  • Sign in at site
  • Wear name badge on site
Screening Requirements:
  • Sponsored or approved by site or district employee
  • Show ID to site
  • Sign in at site
  • Wear name badge on site
  • Submit district school volunteer application
  • Megan's Law Database check (done by site staff)
  • Obtain TB clearance
Screening Requirements:
  • Sponsored or approved by site or district employee
  • Show ID to site
  • Sign in at site
  • Wear name badge on site
  • Submit district school volunteer application
  • Category C Background Check (done by SDUSD Police Services)
  • Obtain TB clearance
Screening Requirements:
  • Sponsored or approved by site or district employee
  • Show ID when on site
  • Sign in when on site
  • Wear name badge when on site
  • Submit district school volunteer application
  • Category D Background Check -- DOJ & FBI Fingerprint clearance; returning Category D volunteers submit Category C Background Request to keep clearance current -- do not need to reprint)
  • Obtain TB clearance