Volunteer Policy & Procedures
New Albany - Plain Local Schools is committed to the safety and security of our students and staff leading ultimately to a safer learning environment for all. Our efforts over the past year have led to a number of changes including the reconstruction of school building entrances at the Early Learning Center and Primary School, making them more secure and visitor friendly. We have also provided staff and student training on safety protocols and procedures. Moving one step further the board of education reviewed and revised policies to further enhance the visitor and volunteer experience for our school district. Our ultimate goal is to provide the safest learning environment possible for all students, staff and visitors to campus.
We greatly appreciate the support of our volunteer base at New Albany – Plain Local Schools as they provide a natural extension to the classroom and our learning environment on a daily basis. The Board of Education adopted a revised policy for volunteers on January 26, 2015. The intent of the policy is to update the district approach to our work with volunteers in regards to background checks required to volunteer in our schools with students unsupervised. All volunteers working with students unsupervised are required to have a background check, performed by our partner, SecureVolunteer.
K-5 – Background checks are required for any volunteer that will be working unsupervised with children in the school building. Examples include reading and literacy support outside the classroom, math facts support and field trip activities.
6-12 – Background checks are required for any volunteer that will be working with students unsupervised outside the school campus. Examples include, overnight field trips, work that may take place at an individual’s home, etc.