Volunteers

South Washington County Schools prides itself on the wealth of involvement from parents and community members. Without volunteers, our student achievement and student opportunities would not be what they are today.

Volunteers at District 833:

  • Enrich and enhance student learning.
  • Enable teachers to offer more individual attention to their students.
  • Provide individuals and opportunity to participate in a variety of activities within the school.
  • Promote and strengthen the partnership between families, community and the school.

Starting on October 28, there will be a new process for volunteers at District 833 schools. All volunteers will be required to apply through an online application to create their district profile. In the application, volunteers who serve as academic or athletic coaches, chaperones on field trips or serve in a capacity where they will be alone with students will be able to complete background checks. The new process also requires those volunteers to renew their background checks every two years.

If you have an upcoming volunteer responsibility and are concerned that you will not have enough time to go through the background check process, please contact Jessica Johnson, Youth Development & Volunteer Management Coordinator at jjohnson21@sowashco.org or 651-425-6630.

Background Checks

Volunteers who serve as academic or athletic coaches, chaperones on field trips or serve in a capacity where they will be alone with students must first have a background check. Starting on October 28, 2019, volunteers will need to get a background check every two years to continue to work with students in these roles. In addition, the process to obtain a background check will now be completed online through the volunteer application. Through the new system, volunteers will get an automatic reminder to update their background check when they are near the two-year renewal date.

Read more: Criminal Background Screening Standards 

The background check will take 48 hours or less and will cost $5, which will be paid online. Anyone who does not have access to a computer, or needs to pay in a different way should contact Jessica Johnson.

Employees with a District ID number will not need to have a background check to serve as an academic or athletic coach, chaperone on field trips or serve in a capacity where they will be alone will students because a background check will already be on file.

Transfer of Existing Background Checks

Volunteers who have had a background check through District 833 in the past two years will have until September 1, 2021 to get a new background check. However, due to security requirements for the new system, you will need to fill out this short form to transfer your information to the new system. If you have questions or are not sure if you have had a background check in the past two years contact  Jessica Johnson

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