Volunteer Process & Screenings

  • The word volunteer written above many hands in the air VOLUNTEER THROUGH PTC

    Are you interested in helping out in the classroom, in the library, at an event, at a game or with a fundraiser. To find volunteer opportunities, visit the Riverdale PTC website. You'll want to be sure to complete a volunteer application and background check. More details can be found below. 

    LEND A SKILLED HAND AT SCHOOL

    Do you have a passion for writing? Do you do graphic design? Are you a photographer or videographer? Are you great in the garden? Is there something you love to do and are great at doing? Offer your services to help out the district or either school. There's probably a staff member looking for help with the skill you have to share.

    VOLUNTEER EXPECTIONS 

    • Dependability: Children and staff look forward to the volunteer’s commitment to report at an expected time. 
    • Professionalism: The volunteer is a role model for children in dress, manner and behavior. 
    • Confidentiality: The volunteer must respect the confidentiality of sensitive information. Children and their families should not be discussed outside the program or school environment. 
    • Communication: The volunteer’s success depends on effective communication. Asking questions and following directions are key components. 

      

    DIRECTIONS FOR VOLUNTEER SCREENINGS

    1. Create an account with Verified Volunteers and start your background check. 
      • Create Account – username, email, password, agree to terms of service. (If prompted, enter Good Deed code – y1s3uxl)
      • Complete the application's 4-step information process: personal information, address information, consent and confirm order.
      • This new verification process, using Verified Volunteers, began in January 2016. It replaces the previous volunteer application. It also stores your information from year to year, making the process of renewing your screening easier than ever.
      • If you had submitted a volunteer application and been screened within the past year, you do not need to complete a new form. Please contact Megan Ticer at the District Office to verify your status and arrange to get a volunteer photo badge. 
      • All new families or parents who were not screened last year, should do so now.
    2. You will not be allowed to volunteer until your school receives a clearance after the background check is completed. You will receive notification of your clearance with an invitation to come in for a volunteer photo badge. The approval/declination process may take a week or more depending on the time of year (beginning of the school year and field trip season are the busiest.) 
      • Badges will indicate the two-year period for which your background check is good. At the end of that period, you will be asked to verify all information has remained the same and the screening will be re-run, before you are issued a new badge. 
    3. If there is a concern with the result reported from the background check, you will be contacted by the school.

     

    VOLUNTEER BADGES

    All adults on campus should be wearing a badge – two different photo ID badges differentiate staff from parent volunteers, while visitors will have a more generic visitor badge. This helps students and staff know which adults are “safe” and with whom to use more caution. Parents who plan to spend a good deal of time volunteering in the schools, classrooms, clubs, cafeteria, events or field trips should get a volunteer badge. To do so, we’ll need a background check on file. See process above.