Note: Processing of volunteer background checks is currently taking three weeks.
To provide various services that enrich classroom experiences for students by allowing building principals and classroom teachers to devote their energies to the professional skills they are trained to provide.
Defining Volunteers and Visitors
VOLUNTEERS are adults who assist teachers, administrators, or other staff in public school classrooms, schools, or school district programs who do not receive compensation for their work.
- VOLUNTEERS serve under the guidance and direction of district personnel.
- VOLUNTEERS must be screened through a FBI fingerprint background check and register with the Family Care Safety Registry prior to volunteering, and wear identifying stickers or badges at all times while on school grounds or at school-sponsored events.
- VOLUNTEERS, like visitors, entering school buildings, must check in at the front desk and present their identification for approval through the visitor management system. You will check in as a volunteer and print a volunteer badge. Volunteer hours will automatically be logged by checking in and out through the visitor management system.
A VISITOR is a parent, relative, or other adult with permission of the child's parent or guardian who visits the school for a specific event or reason, or attends an off-campus school-sponsored event. There is no reasonable expectation that a visitor would be alone with a child other than their own.
- VISITORS should check in at the front office, present their identification for clearance through the visitor management system.
- VISITORS should wear "Visitor" stickers at all times while in the building, at an off-campus school event, or field trip during school hours.
Examples of Volunteer
Person assigned a task such as:
- Chaperoning an overnight event or field trip
- Working at the book fair, in the library or office
- Providing classroom support
- Reading/math tutor
Individuals volunteering from various organizations/programs:
- Community Partnership of the Ozarks
- RSVP Reading Buddy
- Khebrat program
- School-sponsored before- or after-school clubs
- Lunch Buddies
Examples of Visitor
Person, parent or guardian attending/visiting for:
- Parent-teacher conference
- IEP/504 meetings
- PTA meeting
- Field trip with your child only
- Class party
- Book Fair with their child
- Guest speaker
Community/business members visiting for:
- A singular event under the supervision of administration or teachers
- SPS School Sites/Classrooms. Contact the site volunteer coordinator for volunteer opportunities.
- PTSA Clothing Bank located at 2343 W. Olive Street. Open every Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (except for holidays and inclement weather for SPS Schools). Contact SCPTA at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Kiwanis Shoe Bank located at 2343 W. Olive Street. Provides pre-qualified children grades K-12 with new shoes. Open every Thursday, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (except for holidays and inclement weather for SPS Schools) Contact Tom Whitson at (417) 830-6220 for more information.
- Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Provides volunteers to be reading buddies for students grades PreK-3. Contact Sarah Derr for more information at (417) 831-9696.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks. Provides volunteer mentors to have lunch one day each week with a student in grades K-4. Contact 417-889-9136 for more information.
- Facility/Maintenance. Click here for more information. This work is done when school is not in session so background checks are not needed.