A new procedure in regards to the difference between a "Visitor" versus a "Volunteer" and the steps

Dear Parents/Guardians:  
 
We value and appreciate your participation in your child's education.  As a parent you are your child's first and most important teacher.  We recognize the time and effort you give both at home and within our schools as an important component in offering the very best education possible.  Hundreds of hours are donated every year to support learning across our school district.  It is a priority within the Byron School District that all our children are provided a safe and secure education as well.  Each year we continue to review our practices, procedures and policies around these areas.  A new procedure we wanted to share with you is in regards to the difference between a "Visitor" versus a "Volunteer" and the steps that need to be taken to work with students within each of these categories.  
 
In the past we've used these two terms interchangeably.  However, the Byron School District will be implementing a new procedure district wide next fall in which we distinguish volunteers from visitors.  A visitor will be defined as someone who is working with students under the direct supervision of a school employee and therefore would not require a background check.  A visitor would not be allowed to be alone at any time with students without direct supervision.   If what you intend to do falls under this category you simply continue working with your child's teacher or school employee as you've always done.  A volunteer is someone who has had a background check approved and therefore may work with students alone with only indirect monitoring from a school employee.  If your time within our schools requires you to be alone at any time with our students you will be asked to complete a background check.  Unfortunately the Byron School District is no longer able to pay for these as we have done in the past.  If you wish to be a volunteer, you will need to go to our district web page under the COMMUNITY tab and complete an application. (or click here http://bit.ly/1JvMavq)  After our district office has received confirmation that your application has met our requirements you will be notified and can begin volunteering.  It is our understanding that this background check is good for up to 5 years of time.  
 
We continue to encourage you to support our school and your child in providing the very best education possible.  We hope to continue to foster this partnership as we implement these new procedures.  If you have questions about which category the time you are planning to give falls within, please contact one of the school district offices for clarification.  We appreciate your continued support and cooperation in maintaining a safe and high-quality education for all of our students.  
 
 

Contact: Jim Vold

BYRON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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