Frequently Asked Questions
Volunteer Online Registration and Background Check:
Do I need to register and get background checked if I only volunteer for one day or one event?
All volunteers, regardless of frequency or time volunteered, must at least go through the sex offender background check. One time guests (see below) must present their driver's license to the school secretary for an on-site screening. Anyone who volunteers more than once, must go through a full background check through the volunteer registration system.
Volunteers who will only serve once and are considered a guest do not have to register. A guest is someone who has been invited by district employees for one of the following reasons:
- Classroom presenter
- Read Aloud Day reader
- Non-district crisis responder working with students and/or staff
- Career Day presenter
- Science Fair judge
- Assembly participant(s)
- Any other person invited to the school on a limited basis (once or twice) to be a part of the educational experience
If you do not meet one of the above requirements, you must register.
What if I don't have a computer at home or access to the Internet?
Each school has a computer that volunteers can use to register. See the school secretary for assistance. You may also go to the district administration building and use computers there and gain assistance.
Do I need an e-mail address in order to register?
All volunteers are required to have an email account now due to the thousands of volunteers with whom we need to communicate regarding important COVID-19 information, school closures, and follow-up background checks.
Will I have to provide my social security number?
Not typically. The background check will be run using your name, date of birth, and address. However, if you have a common name such as John Smith, the background check company will inform us that they cannot run the background check because there are too many people with your name and date of birth. You will then be contacted by phone and email from a Thompson School District phone number and email address, asking you to provide your social security number which may be provided in person at the TSD Administration Building on 800 S. Taft Avenue in Loveland. NEVER provide your social security number over email. Please call the district volunteer office at 970-613-5072 in order to provide the information or to make arrangements to come to the building. If you do not provide your social security number so that we can run a background check, we will not be able to allow you to volunteer.
What types of things might disqualify me from being an authorized volunteer?
A conviction of any of the following will automatically result in denial of volunteer service:
- Felony conviction
- Any domestic violence convictions (including assault and restraining orders)
- Any child abuse/reckless endangerment convictions
- Two or more DUI convictions
- Sex Offender
The following could also result in denial of volunteer service:
- Any other information that suggests an applicant's volunteer service may be incompatible with the protection of student health, welfare or safety
How do you define "conviction"?
Conviction is defined as: A conviction by a jury or by a court; the forfeiture of any bail, bond, or any other security deposited to secure appearance by a person charged with a felony or misdemeanor; the payment of a fine for any of the above listed convictions; or a plea of no contest.