Why is the district implementing new volunteer procedures?
The Kershaw County School District is committed to providing safe school environments. As part of that process, all persons who interact with students are required to undergo a review process. In order to provide additional information about persons who have possible contact with students while not being supervised by an employee, the district has developed two levels for volunteer service.
What does Level 1 mean? Level 2?
Level 1 volunteers are those persons who interact with students under the supervision of a KCSD employee. Examples include guest speakers, field day volunteers, classroom helpers or School Improvement Council/PTO members. Level 2 volunteers are those persons who have possible unsupervised interaction with students such as field trip chaperones, tutors or mentors.
Where do I get an application and where do I return it?
How long does it take to find out if I am approved as a volunteer?
Please allow seven to ten days for processing. Level 2 processing could take longer pending retrieval of documents.
How often do I need to reapply to maintain my status on the district-wide volunteer list?
Volunteer approval is good for two years. Persons need to complete a new volunteer application every two years in order to stay on the districtwide approved volunteer list, regardless of whether they are a Level 1 or Level 2 volunteer.
Can I use a recent SLED check instead of having to pay $16.95 for the BIB secure background check?
Yes. Persons with a SLED check already on file will stay on the list until their 2-year renewal is up.
I heard a rumor that I need a background check to eat lunch with my child. Is that true?
Do I need a BIB secure check to drop off cupcakes in my child’s class? Be on the PTO? No, a BIB secure check is only required for possible unsupervised interaction with students and would not be applicable in any of these instances.
If I am a current KCSD employee, do I need to complete a volunteer application?
No, current employees do not need to complete the volunteer application but they do not need to complete the BIB secure background check since they completed SLED checks when hired and required by Board policy to report an arrest or charge related to a criminal offense to the District within five calendar days of the incident.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?For additional questions, please contact Luci Ingram at (803) 432-8416 or email email@example.com.