Volunteering

KPR students benefit immeasurably from the time, talents and expertise that community volunteers so willingly offer. For countless years, we have appreciated and valued the significant contributions of thousands of volunteers in our schools.

KPR is pleased to welcome volunteers, placement students and third-party contractors back into our schools, with approval of a new vaccination disclosure process for this group. For the health and safety of all, the following people must complete a vaccine attestation form and provide proof of vaccination before assisting in a school setting:

  • volunteers including parents, guardians and community members
  • college/university placement students (including teacher and nursing candidates as well as early childhood education, education assistant or child and youth worker students).

Volunteers and placement students can complete the vaccine attestation form here. Fully vaccinated individuals have priority at this time. Unvaccinated people may be able to volunteer at a later date, with rapid COVID testing measures.

After completing the attestation form, volunteers and placement students must print or bring an electronic copy of their vaccination receipt to the school when volunteering. You can obtain proof of vaccination at 
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccine-booking-support#vaccination-receipts

Third party providers such as bus drivers, professional services and contractors complete the attestation process through their employer. We thank them all for their cooperation as we welcome them back to our schools!

 

How do I become a Volunteer?

The first step to becoming a volunteer will be to contact the school where you wish to volunteer. If you are not sure which schools are closest to you, please see our Directory of Schools.

When you contact a school, you will receive a letter to take to your local police service, to request a police records check that would identify any criminal convictions or criminal charges, and include a search of the Pardoned Sexual Offences Database and Vulnerable Sector Search. You will need to provide the school with a completed police record check that is dated within the past year.

If your volunteer activity will involve supervising students, you also will be asked to sign an Annual Release and Indemnification Agreement Form.

 

 

Accessibility Training for Volunteers

As per the Accessibility for Ontarian's with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005, it is required that all volunteers receive information and training on accessible customer service, on the requirements of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation under the AODA, as well as information about the Ontario Human Rights Code as it relates to disability.

Upon submission of your completed Police Records Check, you will receive a copy of the Accessibility at the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board brochure to read so as to fulfil this requirement. 

Tips to Being a Good Volunteer

  1. Patience and respect for each other is important.
  2. Every task that promotes learning is worth doing well.
  3. Flexibility is encouraged.
  4. If you have questions regarding a task you are asked to perform ask! Try to understand thoroughly what is expected of you.
  5. Resolve to seek new information and to develop new skills that will enable you to be of greater assistance each school year. The pupils aren't the only people in school who are learning!
  6. Confidentiality must be observed in all matters. Be professionally discreet, never publicly discuss students, parents or educators.
  7. Children love praise for the least bit of good accomplished. Give a smile, or kind word.
  8. Take your commitment seriously. People are counting on your presence at an appointed time. If you can't possibly make it, phone to notify the teacher.
  9. In all schools, volunteers will be asked to register in the school office on arrival, and name tags will be worn.
  10. Enjoy yourself!