Because the safety of students is so important, the Shoreline School District has implemented certain policies to insure the safety of all students.
We register and screen all volunteers who work directly with children through the WA State Patrol Computer Database. To do this you are asked to fill out a WA State Patrol Background Check form. Once filled out please bring the form to the main office with your driver’s license. Office personnel will make a copy of your driver’s license to attach to the form and sent to the district offices. This information is confidential and remains in the district offices not at the school. Please do not send a copy of your driver’s license because office personnel must verify the license before sending a copy to the district offices.
You can access this form here:
You can also get copies in the main office.Volunteer Guidelines and Communication
In the Shoreline School District our students’ safety and yours are paramount. We strive to provide a safe, healthy, supportive environment for students, staff and volunteers. To help create this, we ask that you follow these guidelines:Safe Interaction with Students
All volunteers should work under supervised conditions. This means:
- There should be another volunteer, district employee, or parent in the area where you are working with student(s). If you are going to work one-on-one or in small groups away from the classroom, leave the door to the room open or stay in an open area. Make sure you are in plain sight.
- To protect your privacy and that of students do not ask for a student’s address, phone number or to take their picture. Also, do not share your address or phone number with a student without discussing it with a classroom teacher or the principal.
- Use adult/staff restrooms only. Do not accompany a student into the restroom.
- All that you learn from staff about your student or from interacting with your student is confidential. Please remember this when discussing your volunteer work outside of the school.
Safe Verbal Communication
- Let your conversation demonstrate respect for others and yourself. Avoid language that may be perceived as discriminatory, sexist or offensive. Remember that you are a role model for the students.
- Treat all students in the same manner.
- If a student shares any information with you that causes you concern for their safety or health, TELL A TEACHER OR PRINCIPAL. They will follow up on the information appropriately. Please keep the content of the information and action you took strictly confidential.
Safe Touch Areas
- Handshakes and high fives are considered appropriate friendly touches.
The bottom line is to use your best judgment at all times. Treat the students as you wish to be treated, with dignity, care and respect.