Volunteer Requirements for Clovis Unified
Clovis Unified encourages parents/guardians and other members of the community to share their time, knowledge and abilities with our students. Community volunteers in our schools enrich the educational program, contribute to school safety, and strengthen our schools’ relationships with the community.
In order to be a volunteer you must follow the guidelines in Board Policy 9212:
1. Complete a volunteer application at the school site each school year, which will include the site conducting a Megan’s Law background check (Penal code 290).
2. Have a current clear TB assessment within the last 4 years if you will have ongoing, frequent or prolonged contact with students. One-day volunteers may be exempt. (Ed. Code 49406(m)).
3. Be fingerprinted when placed in a situation in which you would directly supervise students with-out a paid District employee present (i.e. off-campus activities such as Sierra Outdoor School, over night events or any activity without direct supervision by a paid District employee).
4. Volunteers who will be transporting students must also submit Form 8302-1 – Private Vehicle Driver Application, and comply with the requirements of Board Policy and Administrative Regu-lation No. 8302 – Transportation of Students by Private Vehicle.
No person has any right to provide, nor is the District obligated to accept, volunteer services. A person also has no right to a particular volunteer assignment, event, location or classroom. Volunteers shall act in accord-ance with state and federal laws, District policies and regulations, includ-ing but not limited to Board Policy No. 9202 (School Visitors) and Board Policy No. 9210 (Civility Policy), and school rules.
Opportunities to Get Involved and Volunteer
Bilingual Advisory Council (BAC)
All schools enrolling 21 or more Limited English Proficient (LEP) students are required to form a Bilingual Advisory Council. The BAC is composed of parents and school personnel. The BAC provides input and makes recommendations to the principal, staff and SSC regarding services for LEP students. The BAC is formed annually at the beginning of the school year.
Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
Through regular attendance as a committee member the CAC can give you knowledge and skills necessary to become more comfortable in the role as partner in the educational processs for your child. The CAC serves as a way to share knowledge and help develop the best possible programs for our students. For more information, visit their web site.
Intercultural Diversity Advisory Council (IDAC)
The primary purpose of the Intercultural Diversity Advisory Council (IDAC), originally formed in 1988 as the Intercultural Advisory Council, is to assist in the formation and review of policies that assure non-discriminatory practices in all operational areas of the Clovis Unified School District. Its further mission is to assist in improving the cultural environment of the District.
Members of IDAC include parents, students, a CUSD Board Member, District staff, community business and religious representatives, college/university representatives, and community elected volunteers. IDAC strives to have representation from each school site to serve as a communication link from the District Council to the school site and vice versa. For dates of meetings visit their web site.
Each elementary and intermediate school in the district has a Parent Club organization. The primary purpose of a school’s Parent Club is to assist teachers in providing a quality educational experience for all students by sponsoring student/parent fundraising events.
Foundation for Clovis Schools
The Foundation for Clovis Schools is a districtwide foundation supporting educational programs that impact students in all Clovis Unified schools. A Board of Directors made up of business and community leaders works to generate community resources for our schools. Many people in the community perceive Clovis Unified as being a wealthy school district when, in reality, the district receives less per child than any other district in Fresno County. Statewide, CUSD receives approximately $300 per child less than the average of all unified school districts. The Foundation raises funds in the private sector to support the following types of programs: Classroom Grants-Request Fund (Guardian Awards), CHARACTER COUNTS!, The Center for Advanced Research and Technology, and Learning with Laptops. For more information visit their web site.
School Assessment Review Team (S.A.R.T.)
Each school in the Clovis Unified School District has a S.A.R.T. Committee. The S.A.R.T. Committee does not duplicate or assume the functions of other school organizations such as the School Site Council or the Parent Club. Rather, the S.A.R.T. Committee is concerned about the overall operation of the school. It serves as a community forum for communication and assessment of the school programs and as an advisory body to the princpal.
School Site Council (SSC)
All schools receiving School Improvement Program (SIP), SB 1882 funds or implementing a School Based Coordinated Plan (SBCP) are required to form a School Site Council. The School Site Council is composed of parents and school personnel. The SSC is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating the School Site Plan. Members serve for two years and area elected by their peers. Elections for new members are held annually at the beginning of the school year.
Each of the three comprehensive high schools (Buchanan, Clovis High and Clovis West) has a Foundation, which is a non-profit, tax-exempt educational corporation. The purpose of these foundations are to serve and support the students by providing a financial support base for all co-curricular activities that by nature are non-revenue producing.