By providing your signature on this volunteer application, you agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the District Volunteer Program and subsequent disclosures below.
Baldwin Park Unified School District – Volunteer Code of Conduct
As a volunteer, I agree to abide by the following code of volunteer conduct:
- Immediately upon arrival, I will sign in at the Principal’s office or the designated sign-in station.
- I understand that volunteering is a privilege and not a right.
- I understand that the approval of my volunteer application does not afford me the right to access the campus at any time without prior approval from the site administration.
- I will wear a volunteer identification badge while volunteering on the campus.
- I will use only adult restroom facilities.
- I agree to never be alone with individual students without the authorization of teachers and/or school authorities.
- I will not solicit outside contact with students.
- I will maintain confidentiality outside of school and will share any concerns that I may have with teachers and school administrators.
- I will not disclose, use or disseminate student photographs or personal information about students, self, or others.
- I agree not to post, transmit, publish, or display harmful or inappropriate matter that is threatening, obscene, disruptive or sexually explicit or that could be construed as any form of harassment.
- I will dress appropriately.
- I agree only to do what is in the best personal and educational interest of every child with whom I come into contact.
- I will immediately (no more than 24 hours) notify the Director of Human Resources or the Senior Director of Support Services at 626-962-3311 if I am subject to any new arrests and/or criminal convictions during my volunteering time.
- I understand that my status as a volunteer may be revoked at any time.
I understand that completion of the Volunteer Application does not give me access to any school campuses at any time. I must always obtain pre-approval from the principal or designee prior to volunteering. Failure to adhere to the Volunteer Code of Conduct can result in my volunteer privileges being revoked at any time.
Criminal Background Acknowledgement
It is possible that as a volunteer I may have more than occasional or infrequent contact with students. Under Penal Code 290.95 I understand I am required to disclose to school officials if I am a registered sex offender. Failure to disclose this fact could result in arrest, prosecution, and likely fine and imprisonment.
Please read and sign the following statement:
I declare under penalty of perjury, that I am not a registered sex offender, and that I have not suffered convictions for any violent or serious felony as defined in Sections 667.5 and 1192.7 of the Penal Code; or any sex offense as defined in Section 44010 of the Education Code; or any controlled substance offense as defined in Section 44011 of the Education Code (EC 44010, 44011, or 44424); and there are no criminal charges pending against me.
I certify that all statements made herein are true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I authorize an investigation of all statements herein recorded. I release from liability all persons and organizations reporting information required by this application.
Waiver and Release
I hereby release, waive, forever discharge, hold harmless, and covenant not to sue the Baldwin Park Unified School District(District), it’s governing board, employees, officers, agents, and volunteers for liability to myself and all of my personal representatives, assigns, heirs, parents, and next of kin for any loss or damage, and any claim or demands on account of any property damage, injury to, illness of, or death (including any person who may contract COVID-19, directly or indirectly, from me) whether caused by the negligence, active or passive, of the District or otherwise while I participate as a volunteer. Furthermore, as an unpaid volunteer, I understand that I have not been deemed an employee and will be ineligible for workers’ compensation benefits pursuant to California Labor Code 3364.5 as the Board of Education has not adopted a resolution affording such coverage.
Student-Employee Interaction Expectations
As a volunteer, I agree to abide by and be subject to the following: Sexual Harassment, Student-Employee Interaction Expectations 4119.11, 4219.11, 4319.11
Consistent with Article I, Section 28(c) of the California Constitution and the District’s policy prohibiting sexual harassment, all District employees shall:
- Communicate and interact with students in a manner that respects student’s right to a safe and secure environment, as required by the California Constitution.
- Maintain appropriate boundaries with students that are consistent with their positions, roles, duties, and responsibilities, within accepted norms of behavior for educators, and in a manner that a reasonable person would not interpret as inappropriate. Examples of boundary violations include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Signaling or seeking out a specific student, which may create excessive emotional attachment for all parties or may be perceived as acting in a “parental” role.
- Dating or becoming romantically or sexually involved with a student.
- Kissing of ANY kind.
- Showing inappropriate videos, photographs, images or other content to a student.
- Photographing and video recording of students without parental permission.
- Grabbing, touching, tickling, rubbing, or unsolicited hugging of a student.
- Cuddling with or allowing a student to sit on the employee’s lap.
- Telling sexual jokes, commenting about students’ bodies, or communicating in a
- personal nature with students not related to the employee’s professional
- Giving personal or intimate gifts to a student.
- Consuming alcohol or drugs with, or offering, giving, or otherwise making alcohol or drugs available to a student.
- Using student restrooms.
- Inviting students to your personal residence.
- Intimidate, harass, retaliate, or bully a student who refuses to date, engage in sexual contact, or a romantic relationship.
- Leering at a student’s breasts, buttocks, or groin area.
- Offering a higher grade on an academic assignment or providing special classroom/school privileges in exchange for a date, sexual contact, or a romantic relationship.
- Transporting a student in a personal vehicle
Understand that they may only be alone with a single student on school premises during the normal school day when:
- The employee’s supervisor or administrators has/have deemed it educationally necessary and has/have authorization in advance.
- It is a requirement of the employee’s position, role, duties, or responsibilities.
Employees must avoid appearances of impropriety and refrain from unauthorized and inappropriate communications, by any means with students. Factors that may be considered in determining whether communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:
- Using personal social media sites, or other forms of digital devices, to communicate with students.
- The subject, content, purpose, authorization, timing, and frequency of communications.
- If the communication can be reasonably interpreted as soliciting sexual contact or a romantic relationship.
- If the content of communication is sexual in nature or sexually explicit.
Consequences of Inappropriate Behavior
All employees shall be disciplined up to and including termination and/or legal action, for noncompliance with this policy. Examples of noncompliance include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to maintain appropriate boundaries when interacting and communicating with students.
- Failure to appropriately intervene or report when witnessing, observing, and becoming cognizant of prohibited or unauthorized student-employee interactions,
- Failure to fulfill duties and requirements as mandated reporters.