A Guide for Volunteers

Visitors come to the schools for various purposes. They have limited contact with students. As provided in Education Code 45125.1(c), limited contact will be determined by the District based upon the totality of circumstances, including factors such as the length of time the volunteers will be on the school grounds or whether students will be in proximity to the site where the Visitors will be. Example of a Visitor are:
a. Meeting with a staff member
b. Having lunch with your child
c. Presentation in the classroom
d. Observation hours for a University
e. Tour a school site with a Principal.
f. Attending a school event or activity

**Volunteer/Chaperone Process at Atascadero Unified School District:
Volunteers have contact with students and come to the schools to help in a variety of ways. If you wish to volunteer, please follow the process below:
 Paperwork for #2 and #3 are to be turned in to your site secretary. The secretary will need to scan your Driver's License to verify the information you have filled out on your paperwork. This is also our Megan's Law check.
#1.  Online Pre-Volunteer Application ~ If you have completed this before and are already on the "Approved Database", you do not have to do this again. If you have not completed this before, please complete this ONLINE Application.  Click on the link provided below. This places you on the Volunteer database.  Once approved, you will be able to login under Volunteers, when going on campus.  This also allows you to receive emails on the process of your application.
#2.  Volunteer Application/Agreement Form ~ Please complete a Volunteer Application/Agreement form (2    pages) for each school site you wish to volunteer. Click on the English or Spanish version below:                          Volunteer Application/Agreement form - English or Volunteer Application/Agreement Form - Spanish
You may also pick it up at the school site.  The form is valid for one school year only.  For the 2019-2020
school year, turn in your new 'paper' form to the site secretaries WHEN THEY RETURN IN AUGUST.
#3. TB clearance/TB Risk Assessment ~ You do not have to turn one in if you have a current one on file. Please attach a copy of your current TB clearance with your Volunteer Application/Agreement form. (TB clearances are good for 4 years from the date of the clearance). If  you have had one in the last 4 years, we will just need a copy of it.  
** As an option, we also accept TB Risk Assessment's. This consists of a series of 5 questions. If you are not      considered of "high risk" after answering the 5 questions, the doctor's office will clear you immediately.            MED Post in Atascadero, (805-703-2501), 7330 El Camino Real OR Paso Robles (805-226-4222), 500 1st                Street, offers this assessment. There is a $20.00 fee. When calling to make an appointment,  YOU MUST            SPECIFICALLY ASK FOR THE "TB RISK ASSESSMENT for Atascadero Unified School District", otherwise            they will automatically give you the TB shot and the fee will cost more. If you ARE considered of High Risk,          they will give you the shot right then and there and the fee is still $20.00.  The Health Clinics in Paso Robles        and San Luis Obispo also offer the TB Risk Assessment.
#4. Fingerprint Clearance ~ If you plan to Chaperone on any field trip or plan to work alone with students, you MUST have Fingerprint Clearance. If you will be driving a school vehicle to transport students you will also need to be fingerprinted. 
***Please CALL Barbara Weaver at 805-462-4215 for information regarding this process and for the required form you need to take with you to your appointment. The FORM CAN BE EMAILED TO YOU, saving you a trip to the office. Fingerprints must be processed through the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and it must be specifically for the School Districts in the County.  Police Department fingerprints are NOT accepted.  **Make sure to start on this process very early as fingerprints can take 2 days to several weeks to clear. The cost is $80.00 effective July 1, 2019. It is a ONE TIME fee and you are on the Atascadero Unified School District's fingerprint list for LIFE!

Thank you very much for volunteering!!