An important message from the Sumter County School District:
The Covid-19 Pandemic has drastically affected our country, our state, our county, and our schools. We will re-open in phases as the year progresses and will be limiting outside visitors including parents, mentors, volunteers and all others, at the start of school. As the year progresses we will be entering into and out of different phases based on the status of the pandemic. For more information on the Re-Opening plan, please visit the district web page @ https://www.sumter.k12.fl.us/domain/1588.
We appreciate your interest in volunteering for the Sumter County School District Volunteer Program. Our district offers a variety of activities you may choose from when volunteering your time. Simply complete and submit a volunteer application and upon approval you will receive a notification via email. BE CERTAIN TO COMPLETE ALL REQUIRED FIELDS ENTIRELY. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN APPLICATION DENIAL AND YOU WILL HAVE TO REAPPLY AND START THE PROCESS FROM THE BEGINNING.
Also, it is very important that the information you enter on the application matches your government issued identification card including your full legal name. It is also important that you provide a valid email address so you can be notified as to the status of your application and for future communication. Please remember to check your spam/junk file in your email for possible communication. All information collected on the application will remain confidential and not be shared outside the volunteer program. If you have any questions about the application, please contact the school volunteer coordinator in which you applied. Thank you,
Sumter District Volunteer Liaison
All persons wishing to become a Volunteer for Sumter County Schools must have an application and background clearance on record and be School Board approved, before attending an event or working in the classroom. A criminal Background screening is done every 3 years and an FDLE/NSOPW is done every time you scan to check in to a campus.
Be advised: Failure to disclose an explanation concerning any arrest/conviction, guilty verdict, or entered plea of no contest (nolo contendere), even if adjudication was withheld of the crime including but not limited to: The date of the offense, why you were arrested/convicted, found guilty or entered a plea of no contest and the outcome of the arrest/conviction, will result in the denial of your volunteer application.
You may be contacted to supply further documentation of your arrest history.
Volunteer Level 1 and Level 2
Depending on the need(s) at a school or function, a volunteer may be designated as a Level 1 volunteer or Level 2 volunteer.
Level 1 Volunteers
FDLE background clearance required.
Duties assigned within the presence of a Sumter County School employee may include, but not be limited to chaperoning daytime group field trips, being a helper in a classroom or at a school site, or assisting in a department.
If you have questions about your volunteer application, please contact the school(s) that you wish to volunteer for and ask for the volunteer coordinator.
Level 2 Volunteers
Fingerprinting is required to conduct a State and National background clearance.
Duties as assigned outside the immediate presence of a Sumter County School employee such as, but not limited to, chaperoning, overnight field trips, mentoring, and volunteer coaches. Level 2 volunteers will be notified via email if fingerprint registration is necessary.
Please be sure to read the Volunteer Hand Book carefully. It is located above the application link on the district web-page. This provides you with the orientation needed to volunteer in the Sumter School District.
Volunteers are subject to Florida’s Sunshine Laws unless the individual notifies the district that they are exempt per s. 119.071, Fl. Stat.
By providing your signature, you are agreeing to abide by the rules and regulations of the Sumter County School Board District Volunteer Program.
Your volunteer application has been successfully submitted and will be processed soon for board approval. Please be patient as this can take 2-4 weeks depending on the board meeting schedule. In the near future, you will be notified as to your volunteer status. If you have any questions, please contact your school(s) volunteer coordinator.
We thank you for your willingness to serve our students here in Sumter.