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Smith Public School Volunteers

Purpose of the Volunteer Program

The main purpose of the volunteer program is

  • to help make a good school better, by tapping an invaluable resource;
  • to provide a variety of services to students, staff, program and facility;
  • to assist staff in achieving (a) the mission and goals outlined in the school growth plan and (b) achieve success for our students;
  • provide the opportunity for the volunteer to be meaningful involved in education directly;
  • enhance the educational setting for the students of the school;
  • provide assistance in the delivery of effective programs to students;
  • supplement the school’s personnel with the special knowledge, talents and contributions of volunteers;
  • expose students to a variety of ages, cultures, backgrounds and interests and
  • be mutually beneficial and rewarding to all participants.

Common Questions and Answers


WHO CAN BE A VOLUNTEER?

  • Anyone (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older brothers and sisters and community members),
  • Those who have a sincere interest in children, their learning and their education,
  • Secondary co-op, college and university students.

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?

  • Assist in a multitude of activities,
  • Work with students under teacher direction (learning centres, reading, writing, math, computers, etc.),
  • Work in the office (fund raising, newsletters, special events, emergency communications, etc.),
  • Assist with extra-curricular student activities (driving, sharing your skills and talents, class trips, etc.).

WHAT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY?

  1. Discretion about what you hear or observe during your time in the school is mandatory
  2. Confidentiality includes all matters regarding students, staff, school or other volunteers,
  3. An absolute attitude of discretion and confidentiality is mandatory.

HOW DO I GET STARTED AS A VOLUNTEER?

  • Speak with the principal, or any staff member,
  • Identify areas of interest and your schedule of availability.

WHO IS THE VOLUNTEER CONTACT?

  • the person you are assisting or the school designate.

WHAT ADVANCE PREPARATION SHOULD A VOLUNTEER HAVE?

  • become familiar with our student conduct code,
  • spend time with your volunteer contact to review aspects of your work, expectations and safety procedures prior to starting.

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS OF VOLUNTEERS?

  • to accept both School and Board policies,
  • to assist the volunteer contact and/or the principal,
  • to become familiar with routines and procedures,
  • to perform duties carefully and thoroughly while helping to establish a positive, professional and cheerful atmosphere,
  • to contact the school as quickly as possible when you are unable to attend a scheduled session.

WHAT ABOUT ABSENCE?

  • please call the school as soon as you know you will be absent at 905 945-8014

WHAT IF PROBLEMS OR CONFLICTS ARISE?

  • refer to your volunteer contact or the principal immediately,
  • openness of communication is the key to happiness and success.

Board of Education Policy On School Volunteers

The board supports and encourages the involvement of school volunteers to enhance all aspects of school life for the benefit of students. The Board believes that the presence and participation of school volunteers contributes to more effective partnerships between a school and its community.

Volunteers:

Volunteers in the school shall mean responsible persons from the community who provide services to the school that meet specific needs determined by the Principal, in consultation with the staff.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Principals will endeavor to match the skills of the volunteer with students, staff and program needs.
  • School volunteers shall be responsible to the Principal of the school, but depending on the task, may be supervised by other staff.
  • School volunteers may
    be required to participate in an orientation and/or informal “training” program.
  • The duty to maintain the confidentiality of personal information of staff and students is required from school volunteers.

Liability:

School volunteers are covered by the Board’s liability insurance.

Volunteer Confidentiality Form

You may download the confidentiality form by clicking here.

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