Dress and Decorum
- Volunteers are considered role models for students, and as such it is important that they conduct themselves in an ethical and positive manner.
- Volunteers are to be supportive of the learning environment, our staff, and our students.
- Volunteers are expected ti conduct themselves with respect and courtesy.
- Under no circumstances should a volunteer criticize a teacher or student in the presence of other students and teachers. Any problems or issues should be addressed to a campus administrator.
- Volunteers should dress appropriately for the school environment and wear school-issued identification at all times when volunteering at the school or on field trips.
- Volunteers should not promote personal or religious doctrines or beliefs to students.
- Volunteers should not promote any specific business, commercial products, or brand names.
- All restrictions on the use or tobacco products should be observed, including e-cigarettes, on all school campuses and property.
- Volunteers should use staff restrooms rather than student restrooms.
- All information regarding students must be considered confidential (grades, behavior, etc.).
- Understand that all school records are confidential under the law.
- Photographs of students may not be taken without specific consent from school administration.
- Volunteers should be prepared to show a driver’s license or other acceptable photo ID each time they volunteer.
- They should familiarize themselves with campus safety procedures.
- Food or candy should never be given to a student who is not the volunteer's child without prior consent from the teacher or administrator.
- Volunteers should report only to the area or classroom where they are scheduled to volunteer. Visitation to other classrooms or locations are not allowed to limit the disruption to the educational environment (e.g., stopping by to talk with one's own child or teacher when on campus to volunteer).
- Transporting a student in a volunteer’s car (other than his or her own children) is prohibited. Volunteers should never be placed in a position of being alone in a vehicle with a student who is not their own child, whether it is a personal or school vehicle.
- Only school staff provide disciplinary consequences from the Code of Conduct to students. Please refer any student issues to school staff members for support in handling student conduct matters.
- Please be mindful of and limit physical contact with students appropriately. Remember that what a volunteer may see as simple friendly affection between a volunteer and student may be viewed as something entirely different by another person. Physical contact should be limited to a handshake, holding the hand of a very young child, giving a soft pat on the back, etc.
Abuse Reporting Requirements
- In the event the volunteer feels a student may be a victim of abuse, the volunteer should immediately report the suspicion to the classroom teacher or campus administrator. Be specific in the report.
- Anyone who suspects that a child has been or may be abused or neglected has a legal and moral responsibility to report the suspected abuse or neglect to:
- local law enforcement (Hays County Sheriff’s Office at 512-393-7800);
- the CPS division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at 800-252-5400; or online at txabusehotline.org.
In supporting the best interests of our students, our schools and the district, a principal or district administrator has the authority to remove a volunteer from their position if these guidelines are not followed and/or the partnership has proven to be unsuitable.
While the pandemic is ongoing, additional COVID-19 protocols are necessary for the safety of our staff and students, our volunteers. As such, please follow COVID-19 protocols, including the following:
Prior to coming onto campus
- Stay home when you or your family are sick.
- Self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming on campus to volunteer.
- Do not volunteer on campus during the 10 days following close contact with someone COVID-19 positive.
When on campus
- DSISD strongly recommends that volunteers wear a mask, especially when working with staff or students.
- Please wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your face while volunteering.
After being on campus
- Please continue to monitor for symptoms and test if you become ill.
- If you become ill and test positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of being on campus, please report to the campus to help activate appropriate classroom notification protocols