How do I become a Volunteer?
We value the significant contributions of thousands of parents and community members who take the time to volunteer in our schools daily. From tutoring to helping on field trips, to running breakfast programs, volunteers in Kawartha Pine Ridge schools are important members of our school communities.
We have several types of volunteer opportunities. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of our students, and join our family of volunteers, please follow the steps below. For more information about the Champions for Youth mentoring program, please see the link on the left-hand menu.
1. VOLUNTEERS SUPERVISING STUDENTS
All volunteers must sign an Annual Release and Indemnification Agreement Form to be completed prior to taking part in certain activities.
2. GET A POLICE RECORDS CHECK
All volunteer applicants must provide the school or volunteer program contact with a Police Record Check that:
- is dated within one year
- identifies any criminal convictions or criminal charges
- includes a search of the Pardoned Sexual Offences Database, and a Vulnerable Sector Search.
3. FILL OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM
Accessibility Training for Volunteers
As per the Accessibility for Ontarian's with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005, it is required that all volunteers receive information and training on accessible customer service, on the requirements of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation under the AODA, as well as information about the Ontario Human Rights Code as it relates to disability.
Upon submission of your completed Police Records Check, you will receive a copy of the Accessibility at the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board brochure to read so as to fulfil this requirement.
Tips to Being a Good Volunteer
- Patience and respect for each other is important.
- Every task that promotes learning is worth doing well.
- Flexibility is encouraged.
- If you have questions regarding a task you are asked to perform ask! Try to understand thoroughly what is expected of you.
- Resolve to seek new information and to develop new skills that will enable you to be of greater assistance each school year. The pupils aren't the only people in school who are learning!
- Confidentiality must be observed in all matters. Be professionally discreet, never publicly discuss students, parents or educators.
- Children love praise for the least bit of good accomplished. Give a smile, or kind word.
- Take your commitment seriously. People are counting on your presence at an appointed time. If you can't possibly make it, phone to notify the teacher.
- In all schools, volunteers will be asked to register in the school office on arrival, and name tags will be worn.
- Enjoy yourself!