Types of Volunteers and Definitions

  • There are three types of volunteers outlined below. Independent volunteers and volunteer coaches/sponsors are required to get clearances. Assistive volunteers are not required. 

    Volunteers

    Assistive Volunteer

    Any individual who voluntarily provides services to the school district, without compensation, and who works directly under the supervision and direction of a teacher or administrator employed by the district and does not provide direct services to students or have unsupervised contact with students.

    This type of volunteer does not need to obtain clearances.

    Examples of Assistive Volunteers: Homeroom parents/guardians, individuals who volunteer to assist in the planning or conducting of classroom celebrations, concert/performance ushers, and individuals who help manage, officiate or perform functions ancillary to an athletic event or extracurricular activity.

    Independent Volunteer

    Any individual who voluntarily provides services to the school district, without compensation, and works under the general direction and supervision of a teacher or administrator employed by the district, and provides direct services to students or may, from time to time, have or may be reasonably expected to have unsupervised contact with students.

    This type of volunteer does need to obtain clearances.

    Examples of Independent Volunteers: Volunteer tutors, chaperons for field trips or overnight athletic or academic programs

    Volunteer Coaches/Sponsors

    Any individual who voluntarily provides services to the school district without compensation and works under the general direction and supervision of a coach or student activity sponsor employed by the district and directly supervises or instructs students engaged in the activity, or may, from time to time, have or may be reasonably expected to have unsupervised contact with students.

    This type of volunteer does need to obtain clearances.

    Examples of Volunteer Coaches/Sponsors: Individuals who volunteer to serve on the coaching staff of an athletic team, volunteer athletic trainers or equipment managers, and choreographers, musicians and other individuals who provide instruction to students in the marching band or school musical.