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Volunteer Agreement

The following items govern the terms and conditions of volunteer service in Thompson School District.

  1. Volunteer service may be granted, denied or revoked at any time at the sole discretion of the Thompson School District.

  2. Thompson School District will run a criminal background check on me and depending on the results, I may not be allowed to volunteer for the district.

  3. I will be subject to the direction, supervision and control of the school principal and his/her designees.

  4. I will wear my identification badge at all times when providing volunteer services for Thompson School District.

  5. For every student I interact with or observe as a volunteer, I am obligated to report any known or suspected child abuse to the teacher, counselor or principal.

  6. I will conduct myself in a friendly, courteous manner and not show partiality toward any student. I will remain neutral in my speech and actions with respect to religion and politics.

  7. I am subject to all applicable Thompson School District policies/regulations and to all directives from district staff.

  8. I will immediately report to the principal or his/her designee any injury I sustain during the course of my volunteer work.

  9. As a volunteer, I am NOT covered under Thompson School District workers’ compensation insurance and if injured while volunteering, I will be responsible for the costs associated with any injury.

  10. I am covered by Thompson School District liability insurance as long as I comply with applicable district policies/regulations and directives from authorized district staff and if I immediately notify the principal of any occurrence that may result in a claim.

Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement

There are federal and state laws that protect the privacy rights of students and families. In a school situation, there may be instances in which confidential information is discussed in order to better understand students and how we can help them. When working as a volunteer in a school there may be times when this information is overheard.

  1. I agree that if I overhear any information about a student or family, I will not repeat it.

  2. I will not discuss with others, while serving as a volunteer or when no longer in a volunteer role, any information about a student that may be considered confidential. This information may include students’ academic performance, behavior, disabilities and/or related matters.

  3. I must direct questions about the content of student’s problems or progress to a Thompson School District employee who is authorized to review the student’s records and provide information regarding their content.

  4. I will never take any student information off campus unless authorized in writing by the principal or his/her designee.

  5. I understand that if asked to do so, I may grade students’ papers but I may NOT enter those grades in a grade book. This would be a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

  6. I must report any breach or suspected breach in confidentiality of student information immediately upon my discovery thereof to the principal or his/her designee.

  7. Failure on my part to maintain the confidentiality of student education records and personally identifiable information may disqualify me from further service as a volunteer in Thompson School District.