Safe Environment and Volunteers
Volunteers are central to our success as a school and community, and the school provides many opportunities for volunteerism. We greatly appreciate the services of our dedicated stewards and recognize the invaluable benefits that come to our school community through their investment of talent and time. We encourage mothers, fathers, grandparents, and members of St. Francis of Assisi parish to offer their many talents to help our children and enrich our education programs.
All stewards are required to sign in at the Steward’s Room and receive a Steward Badge. The tag must be worn during the entire stay on campus. Stewards should sign out and return their tags to the Stewards’ Room before departing.
All school stewards are required to submit a Personal Information Sheet and attend the Safe Environment Classes, which are given at the church periodically during the school year. Depending on the nature of the activity and the level of supervision, additional background checks may be necessary. All paperwork and verification must be on file in the school office prior to volunteering.
All volunteers go through training and orientation prior to beginning their duties in the school and must complete a Personal Information Form (for Volunteers) to be kept on file in the Principal’s Office. For volunteers assuming supervision of and in regular contact with children, a criminal background check must be conducted.
Volunteers must sign in and out of the school office when volunteering their services at TFS.
TFS VOLUNTEER LEVELS & REQUIREMENTS
The following safe environment for youth guidelines have been set by the Diocese of Raleigh and followed by St. Francis of Assisi and The Franciscan School. Below is a brief outline of the volunteer guidelines. Feel free to contact Donna Sincock at 847-8205 ext. 253 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. The necessary forms can be found on the St. Francis website, www.stfrancisraleigh.org, under Stewardship as well as on the left hand side of this page.
Occasional (3 times per year or fewer) interaction with minors. Example: parent volunteer to assist in the Media Center or classroom guest reader.
Requirement: Level A application – personal information sheet. All families received this form in their family pack at the beginning of the school year. It’s a purple sheet of paper, copied front and back for both parents to complete and return to the school
Supervised interaction with youth on a regular or frequent basis with a Level C adult present. Example: Gospel Share, parent volunteer at centers.
Requirement: Level B application, including personal information sheet and 2 personal references
Unsupervised interaction with youth on a regular and frequent basis. Example: Field Trip Chaperone
Requirement: Level C application with complete background check and 2 personal references.
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SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING CLASSES
All Level B and C volunteers in the school MUST attend “Safe Environment Volunteer” training. This 90 minute training session is offered at St. Francis several times during the year. Click here for Safe Environment Volunteer training dates and times. To register, call 847-8205 ext. 0.