Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a volunteer and a visitor?
A “volunteer” is an individual who provides a service without compensation for the benefit of district schools, staff members, and/or students. Examples of services volunteers may provide include, but are not limited to: tutoring, leading small group activities, helping teachers/staff with organizational tasks, supervising students on field trips, working special events and coaching student-athletes.
Conversely, a visitor is any individual who enters a district school or site for any other reason. For example, family and community members who are visiting for a class party or academic observation, meeting with a teacher or administrator, attending an activity involving their student, or having lunch with their student do not have to register as a volunteer, but must sign in as a visitor at the school and present a valid ID, in accordance with District Policy KI: Visitors to Schools. Parents, guardians and other community members assisting students other than their own or helping with the execution of a school-wide activity, such as a field trip or field day, must register as a volunteer through the District 6 website.
I want to volunteer for District 6! How do I get started?
Adults 18 years or older who wish to serve as volunteers must first complete a volunteer application and agreement, which is found on the District 6 website at https://www.greeleyschools.org/domain/3363.
Why do I need to apply to volunteer?
District 6 requires all volunteer applicants to pass a criminal background check prior to serving in any capacity at District 6 schools or events. This requirement helps protect our students and staff from individuals with violent crime convictions who try to access our schools. Information collected during the application and background check process will be maintained by the district and, to the extent permitted by law, considered confidential. For more information, please read District Policy KIA: Volunteers in Schools.
The volunteer background check requires a Social Security Number, but I don't have one. Can I still volunteer?
Yes. District 6 encourages all parents and community members to get involved and welcomes diversity in its volunteer program. Please contact Jaime Dale, the Community Engagement Specialist, at (970) 348-6223 or email@example.com for alternate application instructions.
How much does the background check cost?
Volunteer applicants do not have to pay for their background checks. A criminal background check will be conducted by District 6 at its expense as part of the volunteer application review process. District 6 pays $5 per background check screening.
How long does the application process take?Filling out the volunteer application takes about 3-5 minutes. Upon submitting a volunteer application, prospective volunteers will received application status updates and approval notifications via email. At that time, the volunteer management system will initiate the criminal background check through their partner agency, J.D. Palatine. The criminal background check usually takes between 1-5 business days to complete. District 6 will contact volunteer applicants who have been denied via phone.
What do I do if I have not received my background check results?
If it has been more than 7 days since you submitted your application and you still have not received an approval notification, please contact Jaime Dale, the Community Engagement Specialist, at (970) 348-6223 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the status of your application.
What background check information could disqualify me from volunteering with District 6?
Greeley-Evans School District 6 reserves the right to deny an application or decline the services of a volunteer at any time for any reason. Possible reasons for denial or dismissal of volunteers includes, but are not limited to:
- Most felony convictions
- Two or more DUI convictions in the last five years
- Any domestic violence convictions
- Any child abuse or reckless endangerment convictions, including neglect
- Any outstanding criminal warrants
- Any current felony or abuse-related charges with outstanding court dates
- Any felony convictions involving the illegal sale of a controlled substance in the last five years
- Any convictions involving unlawful sexual behavior or unlawful behavior involving a minor child
- An active restraining or protective order that limits or prohibits access to any District 6 site, staff member, or student
- Involvement in a custody dispute that limits or prohibits access to a District 6 site or student
- Any other information that suggests an applicant's volunteer service may be incompatible with the protection of student health, welfare, or safety
I've been approved to volunteer! Now what?
Each District 6 school/site collaborates with volunteers differently to address the unique needs of their students and staff. Volunteers can discover available service opportunities by contacting individual schools directly, checking our Volunteer Opportunities job board (updated weekly), and by reading the periodic email communications both school and district volunteer coordinators send to active District 6 volunteers.
All volunteers will be required to show valid identification when they arrive to volunteer at a District 6 school or other site. The form of identification can include, but is not limited to, a valid state-issued driver’s license, a state-issued ID card, a valid military-issued ID card, a Mexican Consulate Card or a valid passport. Volunteers will be required to sign in at the school computer kiosk to log volunteer hours, and will be required to sign out once they have completed volunteer activities. Once a volunteer signs in, he or she will be issued a badge that includes his or her name, photo and status as a volunteer. This badge must be worn while engaging in volunteer activities at any District 6 site. The badge can be removed after logging out as a volunteer and leaving the District 6 site.
Why do I have to sign in and out every time I volunteer?
District 6 requires its sites to keep a record of all individuals who enter and exit the building for safety and security purposes. Additionally, the District 6 volunteer program tracks volunteer hours and other statistics to measure community involvement and impact (added bonus: logged hours will determine level of The President's Volunteer Service Award you could receive at the end of the school year if you reach the minimum hours required. Go to the Volunteer Recognition page to learn more about The President's Volunteer Service Award).
My volunteer application was denied, but I would like to appeal the decision. How do I do that?
There is an appeal process. Click here to find out more information on that process.If your question remains unanswered, please email Jaime Dale, the Community Engagement Specialist at email@example.com or call 970-348-6223.