Dear prospective and returning volunteers,
Welcome, and thank you for your interest in volunteering for our schools! We offer a wide variety of volunteer activities that support student learning and look forward to your participation as a partner in education.
Your first step is to complete the online volunteer application, using your legal first and last name - normally, whatever is listed on your drivers license. (See the "Next" button at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.) Upon approval, you will receive additional guidance on serving in our schools. Some volunteer activities such as tutoring, mentoring, athletics, and AVID have additional requirements or are assigned through an interview process. If you are interested in these areas of service, we will contact you with more information specific to those activities.
Volunteers must apply each year. Once approved, clearance extends through the current school year unless notified otherwise. Volunteers serve at the discretion of the Anacortes School District, which retains the right to terminate a volunteer's status or activities at any time.
BACKGROUND CHECKSWith the safety of students our highest priority, we conduct a national criminal history background check for all potential volunteers. The information you enter on your application must match your government-issued identification card (passport, drivers license, or state ID), including your full legal name and social security number. We do not retain your social security number once your background check is complete. You also will need an active email address. If you do not have one, you may wish to establish an account through Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, or another free service. Any information you provide will remain confidential and will not be shared with outside organizations.
Background checks can take a week or more to process. You will receive notification via email at each step of the way, including a final notice when your application is approved or denied. If your background check returns a finding, you will receive a copy of the report at the address you provide in the application.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you should have any questions about the volunteer process or potential volunteer activities. We are so grateful for your gifts of time and talent in our schools!
Keiko McCrackenASD Community Engagement Coordinator
VOLUNTEER SIGNATURE & AUTHORIZATION FOR BACKGROUND CHECKBy providing my signature, I agree to abide in full by the rules and regulations of the Anacortes School District and its volunteer program. If I am under the age of 18, my parent or guardian will be contacted to confirm my volunteer application. The district's volunteer clearance process requires me to provide your United States social security number to enable a criminal background check. My social security number is used only for this purpose and is not retained by the Anacortes School District or its volunteer application system.
VOLUNTEER CONFIDENTIALITYIn accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), I agree to hold in confidence all information about individual students, including academic, emotional, social or family matters. I will not share student information with anyone other than a teacher, principal or administrator. I will promptly notify a teacher, principal or administrator should I have any concerns about a specific student.
VOLUNTEER HOLD HARMLESSI acknowledge that the Anacortes School District will make every attempt to ensure my safety while participating in the volunteer program but that there are certain inherent risks that may be unavoidable, resulting in bodily injury or property damage or loss to myself or others. I further acknowledge that the district does not provide accidental medical insurance coverage for volunteer activities and that I assume all risks of injury or damage to my person or property. I agree to hold and save harmless the Anacortes School District, its school board, employees, and assigns for any claims, suits or damages including but not limited to defense and indemnification which might result from my participation in the above described event.
VOLUNTEER CRIMINAL DISCLOSURE For the safety of our children, the Anacortes School District requires all volunteers to participate in a national criminal background check each year. Conviction or pending charges of any crime may preclude volunteer service in our schools, in particular conviction or pending charges of any crime against children or other persons, or of any crimes relating to the abuse or financial exploitation if the victim was a vulnerable adult; of crimes related to drugs; or of any dependency action, domestic relations proceedings, or disciplinary board final decision regarding the sexual abuse, assault or exploitation of any minor, or the physical abuse of any minor or developmentally disabled person.
I certify under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of Washington that the information I have provided in this application is true and correct. I authorize the Anacortes School District to make such investigations and inquiries as may be necessary to arrive at a volunteer assignment decision. I understand that any offer of volunteer placement is contingent upon an acceptable outcome of the criminal history check as determined by the Anacortes School District. I agree that the district may, at its discretion, preclude me from volunteer service if, among other reasons, I provide misleading or incomplete statements. I understand that I am required to abide by all policies, procedures and regulations of the Anacortes School District.
Dear prospective Anacortes School District volunteer,
Your volunteer application is now submitted and will be reviewed according to the Anacortes School District's volunteer policy. In the near future, you will be notified about your volunteer status.
If you should have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.