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Volunteer Information/Requirements

The Oak Grove School District (OGSD) recognizes and appreciates that volunteer assistance in schools can significantly enrich the educational program, increase supervision of students, contribute to school safety, and strengthen a school’s relationship with the community. We encourage parents/guardians and other community members to share their time, knowledge, and abilities with students. 

In compliance with California Education Code Section 35021 and Board Policy 1240, the Board requires school volunteers to be screened and authorized to volunteer.  Volunteers who may be in contact with students outside the presence of certificated staff, however briefly, must arrange for a California Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint submission prior to volunteering. Also, volunteers who will have frequent or prolonged contact with students must also have tuberculosis (TB) tested and cleared. These requirements are in place, given an abundance of caution for student safety and well-being. 

Individuals are not allowed to begin a volunteer school assignment until the following steps are completed:
School principals have the discretion to determine which volunteers must be fingerprinted for a DOJ background check based on the type of volunteerism.  The table below highlights some common examples.

Step 1

Determine which volunteer activities you will be doing to determine the need to be fingerprinted and undergo a background check by the California Department of Justice (DOJ).


Fingerprinting/DOJ Background Check
and TB Clearance are Required *


Fingerprinting/DOJ Background Check and TB Not Required.
No Application Needed

Regularly volunteers in contact with students Visits the office for the purpose of conducting business there. (e.g., Assisting teacher(s) with picture day, organizing curriculum packets, making copies, etc.)
Could be outside the presence of a certificated staff member (teacher or administrator), even briefly Short-term, non-recurring volunteers of 8 hours or less during the school year under the immediate supervision and direction of certificated personnel of the district
Drivers and/or chaperones for field trips, including after-school sports. (Note: A valid CA Driver's License and proof of insurance coverage are also required.  These additional forms can be accessed in the school front office) Volunteer supervisors for breakfast, lunch, or other nutritional periods pursuant to California Education Code Sections 44814 and 44815, and nonteaching volunteers, as defined in Education Code Section 35021, under the immediate supervision and direction of certificated personnel of the district, shall not be required to be fingerprinted
Coaches or assists with special events, including dances, sports competitions, drama, and musical productions Attends school events at which parents are expected to supervise their own children (e.g., Walk-A-Thon, Family Math Night, or Ice Cream Social)

*NOTE: Please note that this chart is not
necessarily an exhaustive list. 

Attends a guardian/parent-staff conference
Presents at a “Career Exploration Day” once during the school year
Attends a musical, drama production, athletic performance, awards night, academic or art event as a member of the audience, etc.

If your volunteer activity falls under column A above, please continue to step 2

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