VOLUNTEERS

The Addison Northwest School District values and appreciates volunteers in all our schools.  We also take very seriously our responsibility to keep all students safe and to follow the law.  All adults working with our students - employees and volunteers - will be required to undergo background checks.

ANWSD requires an online application process through AppGarden - Volunteer Tracker and the following screening requirements shall apply to those individuals interested in volunteering in our schools.  For procedures of how to access and create an account on the AppGarden, click here.

 

Definitions:

A volunteer is defined as a person who is not employed by the District who performs or gives services to the District of his/her own free will on an occasional or regular basis without compensation for said services.  Services performed “directly to the District” are those that assist with the operation of the District or delivery of program and are directed, requested, controlled, and overseen by District personnel. Below is a list of the types of volunteers used in the District.  The background checks requirement varies by type.

 

Level I Volunteer:         

A volunteer whose work does not involve direct contact with school children (e.g. collecting order forms for fundraising events; performing other clerical or administrative tasks; preparing food items for school events/fundraisers; serving on an interview committee)

 

Level II Volunteer:        

A volunteer who provides services within the school, on school district premises, or during school events, to assist within the classroom, library, main office, or other departments.  Work involves contact with school children, but typically under the direct supervision of the classroom teacher or other approved school professional (e.g. room parent; classroom volunteer; book fair and picture day volunteers)

 

Level III Volunteer:      

A volunteer who provides direct services to students that involves extensive unsupervised contact with school children (e.g. overnight chaperone; volunteer coach/advisor; field trip chaperone; student mentors)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screening Requirements & Process:

Level I Volunteer

NONE.  Since the work of a Level I volunteer does not result in direct contact with school children, individuals may perform Level I volunteer services without the need for a formal screening.

Level II Volunteer

  1. Applicant completes online application on AppGarden.
  2. Applicant contacts appropriate school administrative assistant to set up a time to complete background check paperwork.
  3. School administrative assistant sends completed paperwork to the Central Office for further processing (VCIC – VT Criminal Information Center check, AHS – Agency of Human Services Adult Abuse and Child Protections Registry check)
  4. Applicant’s information will be updated on the AppGarden once results are received. 

NO APPROVALS FOR LEVEL II VOLUNTEERING WILL OCCUR UNTIL A “NO-RECORD” RESULT IS RECEIVED.

Level III Volunteer

  1. Applicant completes online application on AppGarden.
  2. Applicant contacts appropriate school administrative assistant to set up a time to complete background check paperwork.
  3. Applicant brings a photo ID and a check for $11.25 payable to ANWSD to the appointment.
  4. School administrative assistant will give the applicant the “VT Criminal Information Fingerprint Authorization Certification – NCPA VOLUNTEER” and the ANWSD Fingerprint Receipt form along with contact information for sheriffs and police departments where they can make an appointment to get fingerprinted.
  5. School administrative assistant sends completed paperwork to the Central Office for further processing (VCIC – VT Criminal Information Center check, AHS – Agency of Human Services Adult Abuse and Child Protections Registry check, receipt of fingerprinting)
  6. Applicant’s information will be updated on the AppGarden once results are received.

*** PLEASE NOTE that it can take 4-6 weeks for results of the VCIC Fingerprint supported CRC to be completed. NO APPROVALS FOR LEVEL III VOLUNTEERING WILL OCCUR UNTIL A “NO-RECORD” RESULT IS RECEIVED.