Criminal Background Check: As a part of the Volunteer Application, all prospective volunteers must submit to a criminal background check annually. The Oklahoma City Board of Education will pay the fee associated with the criminal background check. OKCPS contracts with an appropriate law enforcement agency to determine whether a prospective volunteer has criminal history. Prospective volunteers will be asked to provide their full legal name, date of birth, social security number and official ID number (from a government issued ID).
The background check includes a sex offender registry search in all fifty (50) states. Any individual who has had a felony conviction or received a deferred sentence, after being charged with a felony offense, will be prohibited from serving as a volunteer in the OKCPS district. Any individual who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or received a deferred sentence on a misdemeanor offense that involves a violent act, sexual misconduct, child abuse, child neglect, or child endangerment will be prohibited from serving as a volunteer in the OKCPS district. Any individual who has been convicted of, or received a deferred sentence, for misdemeanor crimes which involve dishonesty, fraud, misrepresentation, deceit, or offenses which involve drugs or alcohol will be prohibited from serving as a volunteer in the OKCPS district until five years after misdemeanor conviction or five years after the individual has successfully completed any probation they are required to complete as part of a deferred sentence.
Confidentiality: Volunteers must respect and maintain confidentiality in regard to personal information obtained regarding a child or his/her family. No volunteer should be permitted to access, review, disclose, or use confidential student information, or participate in conversations in which confidential student information is discussed. Volunteers are held to the same standards of Code of Conduct as district staff and must observe all Board of Education policies. Volunteers should protect the privacy of all students. OKCPS adheres to a zero tolerance policy for violations of confidentiality.
Code of Conduct: Volunteers should always be supervised by at least one district employee; however, some volunteer situations happen in which volunteers are one-on-one with students which is why the district requires a background check to ensure student and staff safety and welfare. Keep in mind, volunteers act as role models in appropriate dress, language, and behavior.
Volunteer/Student Relationship: For the protection of all, relationships between volunteers and students must be kept appropriate at all times. Continuing a relationship with students outside of school activities is not permitted. Volunteers should not give money, gifts, or medication of any kind to students.
Appropriate touching such as handshakes, high fives, an arm or hug around a shoulder are the only safe and friendly ways to touch a child. For some children, or for some cultures, even these gestures may be unwelcome. No child should be subject to unwelcome touching no matter how well intended. If a child ever inappropriately touches you, please inform a staff member right away. Volunteers are role models for students. Conversations with students and staff should demonstrate respect for others and avoid language that may be perceived as discriminatory, profane, sexist, or offensive.
No student or staff person should ever be treated differently, spoken to disrespectfully, or denied services on the basis of sex, race, religion, disability, age, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or marital status. In addition, school personnel or volunteers cannot encourage or promote religious beliefs by class activities, comments, or invitations to their place of worship.
Reasonable suspicion of abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, or illegal and/or dangerous activities should be immediately disclosed with staff.
Photographing students is prohibited at all times.
Discipline: Any discipline of a student should be left up to a staff member. Never touch a child in anger or grab or chase students. Physical punishment is never permitted. If a child becomes unmanageable, find the nearest staff member.
School Safety Plan: In the event of an emergency (fire, tornado, etc.), volunteers must to be familiar with the Safety Plan of the building.
All visitors, volunteers, employees, and students shall not possess or use the following items on OKCPS facilities and grounds –
With due cause, the following individuals shall be banned from school and/or site premises:
Check in/out: All visitors, including volunteers, are required to sign in and sign out at the main office in the school and wear the identification badge provided while on site.
Thank you very much for your application. Volunteers are very important and are very much appreciated here at Oklahoma City Public Schools.
We will be in touch as soon as possible and look forward to welcoming you as a volunteer.
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