Volunteer Assistance



The Governing Board recognizes that volunteer assistance in schools can enrich the educational program, increase supervision of students, and contribute to school safety while strengthening the schools' relationships with the community. The Governing Board encourages parents/guardians and other members of the community to share their time, knowledge, and abilities with students.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a plan for recruiting, screening, and placing volunteers, including strategies for reaching underrepresented groups of parents/guardians and community members. He/she may also recruit community members to serve as mentors to students and/or make appropriate referrals to community organizations.

As appropriate, the Superintendent or designee shall provide volunteers with information about school goals, programs, and practices and an orientation or other training related to their specific responsibilities. Employees who supervise volunteers shall ensure that volunteers are assigned meaningful responsibilities that utilize their skills and expertise and maximize their contribution to the educational program.

Volunteer maintenance work shall be limited to those projects that do not replace the normal maintenance duties of classified staff. The Board nevertheless encourages volunteers to work on short-term projects to the extent that they enhance the classroom or school, do not significantly increase maintenance workloads, and comply with employee negotiated agreements.

Volunteer aides shall not be used to assist certificated staff in performing teaching or administrative responsibilities in place of regularly authorized classified employees who have been laid off. (Education Code 35021)

Volunteers shall act in accordance with District policies, regulations, and school rules. The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for investigating and resolving complaints regarding volunteers.

The Board encourages principals to develop a means for recognizing the contributions of each school's volunteers.

The Superintendent or designee shall periodically report to the Board regarding the district's volunteer assistance program.


The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures for determining whether volunteers possess the qualifications, if any, required by law and administrative regulation for the types of duties they will perform.

Prior to assuming a volunteer position to work with students in a district-sponsored student activity program, a volunteer shall obtain both a Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check through the district. (Education Code 49024)

Legal Reference:

Education Code
35021 Volunteer aides
35021.1 Prospective nonteaching volunteer aides; automated records check for sex offenses; conviction
44010 Sex offense; definition
44227.5 Classroom participation by college methodology faculty
44814 Duty-free lunch periods for teachers
44815 Non-certificated supervisors; compensation
45125 Fingerprinting requirements
45340-45349 Instructional Aides
45360-45367 Teacher aides
49406 Examination for tuberculosis

Government Code
3100-3109 Oath or affirmation of allegiance
3543.55 Prohibited interference with employees' rights
96100-96114 Academic Volunteer and Mentor Service Act of 1992

Health and Safety Code
1596.871 Fingerprints of individuals in contact with child day care facility clients

Labor Code
3364.5 Persons performing voluntary services for school districts

Penal Code
290.4 Information re: sex offenders

Code of Regulations, Title 5
18168 Personnel duties with infants and toddlers

Code of Regulations, Title 22
101170 Criminal record clearance

First Reading: 9/10/14

Governing Board Adoption: 10/8/14

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