VOLUNTEER POLICY CHANGES -- IMPORTANT UPDATES
2019-2020 SCHOOL VOLUNTEER POLICY
Pinecrest Academy of Nevada encourages families to get involved in their students’ education and maintain an active role in supporting each student’s academic success. To accomplish this, Pinecrest Academy St. Rose asks each family to volunteer thirty (30) hours each school year.
Nevada Senate Bill 185 outlines newly mandated state requirements for all school volunteers which include background checks and fingerprinting for adult volunteers who will interact with students before, during, after, and outside of the school day for school-sanctioned events, field trips, or sports. Volunteers included in SB185: classroom & teacher support, field trip chaperones, coaches, PTO, and event support participants.
Under SB185, volunteers must submit to a background check and fingerprinting prior to volunteering at a school four (4) or more times in one (1) month, once a week for four (4) consecutive weeks, overnight on a field trip, or in an "unsupervised" capacity; while “unsupervised” interaction is not detailed within the verbiage of the bill, Pinecrest Academy of Nevada, to include the St. Rose campus, has elected to enforce the strongest interpretation of the bill’s context and will require all volunteers to submit to background checks and fingerprinting prior to interacting with our students.
Results may take 2-5 weeks depending on submission volume at the state processing level; parents, guardians, and adult family members may not volunteer on campus, coach, or chaperone field trips until results have been received. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Pinecrest Academy of Nevada is contracted with one (1) local vendor in Las Vegas to process all volunteers for our campuses; only results from our contracted vendor will be accepted.
Please do not submit your background or fingerprints to an alternate agency as they will not be valid for volunteering with our students. This includes prior military, local, state, and federal background clearance.
Currently licensed CCSD employees are exempt from additional background/fingerprint processing. Current license or identification must be presented in the front office prior to volunteering.
With the length of time involved, Pinecrest St. Rose has requested that our contracted vendor attend our OPEN HOUSE sessions on Friday, August 9 to process members of our Panther community who may wish to begin volunteering at the earliest opportunity.
Volunteers can submit fingerprint requests throughout the year, however, results must be received prior to planned participation in an event, field trip, or coaching our sports teams.
Parents, guardians and family members who choose to begin the process prior to August may do so by emailing the Program Coordinator noted below. Please do not proceed with this process before contacting our campus.
Background checks and fingerprinting will be processed at the volunteer’s expense at an average cost of $50 per volunteer.
Receipts may be shown at the front office to earn five (5) volunteer hours in exchange for the initial expense. Once approved, volunteer status will be valid for three (3) consecutive years and will not need to be renewed until 2022.
Questions may be directed to: Lisa.Cunningham@pinecrestnv.org
- SB185_EN.pdf (415 KB)
Posted on May 31, 2019