The board endorses and encourages participation in a district volunteer program, subject to suitable regulations, training, and safeguards established by the administration in cooperation with the schools.
There are three broad reasons for using volunteers in our schools:
- Volunteers make it possible for the school to provide students with enriched or additional learning experiences through the special skills and interests of parents or other adults in the community.
- Volunteers, in many instances, relieve teachers of certain routine duties not requiring any particular expertise and thus free them to devote more time to their professional duties.
- Volunteers serve the district’s need for community input in planning efforts and serve on committees, councils, and study teams. These efforts also build a support base for the needs of schools in the community.
Volunteers help make the educational program more flexible and student-oriented. Increased personal attention and assistance to the individual students generally creates positive results.
Guidelines and Definitions
- “Volunteer” refers to a person or group who has been approved to provide goods or services of his or her own free will to Anderson Four, without receiving any financial payment.
- "Regular Volunteer" refers to any volunteer whose application has been approved and who provides regularly scheduled visits to a selected school at least one (1) time per week, making him/her apt to have close interpersonal contact with the students. Examples of activities a regular volunteer may be asked to do include tutoring, mentoring, classroom support, and assisting in the media center.
- "Occasional Volunteer" refers to any volunteer who provides a specific service on either a one-time basis or on a periodic basis throughout the year. Such volunteers have littler opportunity to develop interpersonal relationships with students.
- "Special Volunteer" refers to any any volunteer person who provides a specific service on a one-time basis making him or her apt to have close interpersonal contact with the student(s). Examples of a special volunteer include supervising field trips or chaperoning an over-night activities.
- “Volunteer Coordinator” is a volunteer serving as the school contact for recruiting, orienting, and assigning volunteers.
Application and Approval Process
Occasional Volunteers will receive at a minimum, an orientation packet from the school volunteer coordinator that includes:
1. Policy and procedures governing volunteer activity
2. School guidelines
3. Limitations on interaction with students within the school
4. Dress code
Regular Volunteers will:
1. Complete a Volunteer Application. Applications may be turned in to the school volunteer
coordinator or district office.
2. Fill-out a South Carolina Department of Social Services “Consent to Release Information” form
(SLED, Sexual Registry, and DSS Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry).
3. Receive approval by the district office. Requested school(s) will receive a notification form.
4. Receive at a minimum, an orientation packet from the school volunteer coordinator that includes:
Policy and procedures governing volunteer activity, school guidelines, limitations on interaction with
the students within the school, and dress code.
Note: Regular volunteers are encouraged to participate in the Stewards of Children training offered by the school district.
Special Volunteers who work with a student one-on-one or supervise overnight activities must have a complete background check provided by Anderson School District Four (SLED, Sexual Registry, and DSS Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry).
For complete details please access the Volunteer Handbook below.