Volunteers and Chaperones
The Effingham County School District does not require everyone who visits a school to complete the Mandated Reporter training process, so to help differentiate between a school visitor, volunteer and chaperone we have created brief descriptions. Select a tab below for descriptions and instructions.
Volunteers & Chaperones - Required Training
✔️School Volunteers must complete the Mandated Reporter training prior to volunteering.
A school volunteer is a non-paid individual who serves, in any auxiliary capacity, under the direction and supervision of school personnel. A volunteer is one who performs any essential duties that an employee could perform such as, but not limited to making copies, filing, escorting students, working with extracurricular activity groups of assisting with lunch duty, media center and front office tasks. Any person who leads or assists student groups or students other than their own in school or extracurricular programs is considered a volunteer. Volunteers will typically serve in this capacity multiple times throughout the school year. All volunteers must complete the Mandated Reporter and Title IX Training prior to volunteering.
✔️Chaperones must complete the Mandated Reporter training prior to attending any off-campus school function.
A chaperone is any non-school personnel who attends an off-campus school activity, whether as a parent or official chaperone. All chaperones must have completed the Mandated Reporter and Title IX Training prior to attending any off-campus school function.
Visitors - No Training Required
❌ A parental visitor acting in the role of a parent is not required to register as a volunteer or complete the Mandated Reporter training. Examples include, but are not limited to, visitors to the school for parent/teacher conferences, 504/IEP meetings, schoolwide and classroom programs or events, PTO events, field day, eating lunch with their child or any visit to sign in or check out their student.
❌ A non-parental visitor is not required to register as a volunteer or complete the Mandated Reporter training. Non-parental visitors include, but are not limited to, community members, business owners/partners, civic leaders or emergency personnel who are visiting the school for a short, singular time and are under supervision of an administrator and/or teacher at all times.