Thank you for your interest in being a volunteer with the Cañon City School District. Cañon City Schools encourages parents, guardians and other individuals from the community to volunteer their time, knowledge and abilities for the benefit of students in our schools. Authorized Volunteers enrich the District’s educational programs and extracurricular activities and strengthen our schools’ relationships with families, businesses, and public agencies. Volunteers help at all grade levels in many different ways. Reading with a child, helping to coach a sports team, tutoring, being a teacher’s aide, and chaperoning a field trip are some of the common volunteer activities. The presence of authorized volunteers in the classroom, on school grounds and at activities away from school also enhances the supervision of students and contributes to school safety.
Under the direction of school personnel, Volunteers are those that work:
- Without pay on an occasional or regular basis
- At school sites or other district facilities
- In activities that are part of the school program during the school day or as an extension of the school day
For parents, guardians or other interested individuals, our schools now have secure entries and use School Check-In to allow visitors into the building. Unless an individual is going to be a fully approved volunteer within the building, this is the system the District uses for visitors/volunteers within the building. You will be required to present a state issued ID to check in. The following volunteer activities include but are not limited to:
- Classroom Parties
- Occasional classroom assistance
- Field trip chaperone’s (except for overnight field trips)
- When a parent/guardian is scheduled to chaperone a field trip, that parent/guardian will arrive at the school in time to use the School Check-In system. For purposes of a field trip, the school staff will issue a temporary dated stick-on badge but will not keep the Driver’s License.
For the safety of our students, an application process and a more thorough background check is required before a volunteer can work with students in the following capacity:
- Individuals who will be volunteering on a consistent weekly/monthly basis. For example: daily/weekly reading with students, working on spelling words, office/clerical help, etc.
- Agency Service Providers who meet with students at school (must have agency employee ID badge)
- Volunteer Coaching (fingerprints required at a $45 fee)
- Overnight Field Trips (fingerprints required at a $45 fee)
- College Field Experience Students
- Student Teachers (fingerprints or a CDE Student Teacher License required)
- Boys and Girls Club Mentors (fingerprints required)
Process to become a fully approved Volunteer:
- Review the flowchart for becoming a volunteer.
- Submit the online application via the Cañon City Schools website.
- You will be contacted to have an interview with the Director of Human Resources for Cañon City Schools.
- For the interview, you will need to bring a current driver’s license or photo identification card.
- The Director of Human Resources will review your request to volunteer and determine approval.
- After the interview, a criminal background check will be ordered as part of the approval process. In most cases this will be at no cost to the volunteer applicant.
- Accepted applicants will have identification badges to wear while serving as a volunteer. To assist with security, identification badges shall be worn while serving in the capacity of a volunteer. Pictures for the badges will be taken at the interview. Badges will be sent to the building(s) you are volunteering at. Badges are to be turned into the front office at the end of each volunteer shift.
- Volunteers will also need the approval of the school Principal or administrator of the school or facility where they will be working.
Volunteer service is a privilege that may be granted, denied or revoked at any time in the District’s sole discretion.
Volunteers shall comply will all applicable District policies and regulations, as well as all applicable school rules.
The principal or his/her designee shall identify appropriate services for fully approved volunteers serving each school, and shall train volunteers as necessary to perform such services. To the extent necessary to perform services assigned by the principal or his/her designee, volunteers may be authorized to use District computers and Internet access. A volunteer’s use of District computers and internet access shall be subject to the terms and conditions of Board Policy GBEE governing Staff Use of Internet and Electronic Communications. The use of volunteers at any school or school activity shall not conflict with or replace any regularly authorized personnel staffing allotment.