We support and encourage volunteerism in our schools. Volunteers work in cooperation with schools to help meet the needs of the children and the school staff and to represent the community in fulfilling its responsibility to the schools beyond merely tax support. Volunteers supplement and complement the work of the classroom teacher. Volunteers make a difference to many people—children, families, teachers, and the entire community. Volunteers give students a chance to see parents and other interested citizens involved in school activities in a helping relationship.
Each volunteer who will have direct contact with students must receive initial training from a district school and submit to a Sex Offenders Registry check. Initial training will address bloodborne pathogens, sexual harassment, and volunteer procedures at a local school.
Volunteer training will be conducted at schools. Check with your local school if you need to be volunteer trained. A training session schedule will be available on our district website as we receive information from the schools. Please note that it is important for you to get your training early in the year while there are numerous sessions available to accommodate your schedule. You may attend a training session at any of the schools in our district.
Volunteers who have had the initial training in past years are required to renew their eligibility yearly by updating their application, located in our KeepnTrack database. You may contact your school's volunteer liaison or volunteer coordinator to complete this quick process. In addition, each returning volunteer will be given a flier outlining important facts on bloodborne pathogens and SDPC's policy on sexual harassment.
Individuals who volunteer only as test monitors are required to complete an application but are not required to attend a training session.
Volunteer Training Schedule will be updated as we are notified of sessions at schools. Please contact your child's school for more information.
In addition to training, the district requires a background check through the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) for all persons who chaperone students on field trips and those who escort or supervise students without a district employee present.
- All SLED checks must be processed through the School District of Pickens County. We do not accept background checks run by another agency, school district or individual.
- Background checks are effective for three school years.
- For the 2012-2013 school year, background checks must have been processed after July 1, 2010.
- The cost of the background check is $25 and must be paid by the volunteer.
- Checks must be written to the school and included with the initial volunteer application or request to renew eligibility.
- Volunteers who need background checks should arrange to have them completed early in the year. Background checks must be requested and paid for two weeks before the date of any field trip.
Resources for SDPC Volunteers
- SDPC Volunteer Types
- SDPC Volunteer Program Procedures & Guidelines
- SDPC Volunteer/Chaperone Application
- Master Volunteer Training Schedule for All SDPC Schools
Resources for SDPC Volunteer Liaisons