Echo Ridge Christian School

Educating The Whole Child
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Volunteers
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All parents, grandparents and other volunteers at Echo Ridge Christian School, as well as LEAP (preschool) must be fingerprinted, background checked, and cleared. This allows all parents to know that each child is as safe as possible.

Please follow these guidlines;


Basic Volunteer:

Definition: Volunteers who assist with one-time events whose only interaction with the students is in the presence of an administrator or teacher
Requirements: Sign the Guidelines for Volunteers and return it to the school.

Fieldtrip Volunteer:

Definition: Volunteers who accompany students while on off-site or overnight trips
Requirements:

  • Complete the background check process through Shield The Vulnerable. Information you will need:
    • Organization: Seventh-day Adventist
    • Union: Pacific
    • Conference: Northern California
    • School Name - Echo Ridge Christian School
    • Indicate that you give your permission for a background check for clearance
    • If you don't have a driver's license, choose "classroom only" for your background check type
    • All other school-related volunteer options require a DMV background check
    • Continue the training until you see the word "goodbye" - that's when you're finished
  • Sign the Guidelines for Volunteers and return it to the school
  • To transport students, submit the Transportation Information for Volunteer Cars form and return it to the school

Extended Volunteers
Definition: Volunteers who have frequent or prolonged contact with students (e.g. coaches or parents who assist with students on a regular basis)
Requirements:

  • Sign the Guidelines for Volunteers return it to the school
  • Complete the background check process through Shield The Vulnerable. Information you will need:
    • Organization: Seventh-day Adventist
    • Union: Pacific
    • Conference: Northern California
    • School Name - choose from list
  • Have on file with the school a certificate showing that within the last four years the volunteer has been examined and has been found to be free of communicable tuberculosis. (California Health and Safety Code 121540)
  • Sign a completed Educational Volunteer Service Agreement and return it to the school

General Guidelines
Volunteers are an essential element of a successful school; schools cannot buy what volunteers give to a school.

Schools are committed at all times to providing a safe environment in which students can grow mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally

Volunteers must be encouraged to respect the confidential nature of anything they see or hear. Concerns should be shared only with the classroom teacher or principal at school. As far as volunteers go, what happens in the classroom, stays in the classroom.

The professional staff of the school is responsible for everything that goes on at school including student instruction, safety and discipline. Volunteers work under the direction and guidance of paid staff, supplementing and supporting the program.

Unless acting as an approved volunteer teacher, volunteers should NOT:

  • Discipline students
  • Diagnose student needs
  • Evaluate achievements
  • Counsel students
  • Discuss student progress and concerns with parents
  • Have access to materials in students’ permanent record files

Because students are the priority, the right to be a volunteer can be rescinded at any time due to behavior that is in conflict with Guidelines for Volunteers