Volunteering at Gateway
Dear Parent/School Volunteer:
In an effort to maximize the safety of your children and our students, the Red Deer Public School District has implemented new requirements for school volunteers. Effective September 1, 2010, all adults who volunteer in a school or at a school-sponsored activity, and who will have opportunity to interact with students during the course of their volunteer service, will need to provide the school with a Police Information Check (formerly known as a Criminal Record Check) and two written references that confirm the suitability of the individual to serve as a school volunteer.
Please understand that, although these measures will involve a small amount of work on your part, we believe that they will go a long way to enhancing the safety of your children. To make it as easy as possible for you to meet these new requirements, we have attached the following template documents to this letter:
- School Volunteer Registration Form (for you to complete and return to the school).
- Police Information Check Request Form, including a request for a Vulnerable Sector Check (for you to complete and provide to the RCMP when requesting a Police Information Check).
- Volunteer Reference Form (for you to use in obtaining references).
Please feel free to make copies of these template documents as needed, or to ask the school office staff to make additional copies for you. We will be more than pleased to help make it as easy as possible for you to provide the necessary documents.
We understand that the RCMP will waive the fee for obtaining a Police Information Check when the individual making the request plans to serve as a volunteer. If you are nevertheless required to pay a fee, please bring your receipt to the school and we will be pleased to reimburse you.
Also, if you plan to volunteer at more than one school in the Red Deer Public School District, the School Volunteer Registration Form enables you to provide consent for us to share your information and documents with other schools, so that you are not required to obtain more than one set of documents.
Thank you for your willingness to serve as a volunteer and for your understanding in meeting these new requirements in order to enhance the safety of your children and our students.
Mrs. Teresa Tataryn
Principal, Gateway Christian School