Students feel a sense of pride when they see their parents and others helping in the school. Parent volunteers are eagerly sought at Pointer Ridge. We can use you in any capacity in which you feel comfortable. We need volunteers, not only working with students, but perhaps even more importantly, assisting with typing and working on projects at home. Whatever your talents or skills are, we can use your assistance. Please let us know if you can help, and please be advised that when visiting the school to observe your child, to put money on a lunch account, or to volunteer in any way, a picture ID must be presented at the Main Office, each and every time you wish to enter the building. In addition, all visitors are asked to sign in and out in the Visitor log.
Parents have been notified that Board of Education Policy 0106 became strictly enforced effective January 1, 2007. This policy requires that certain volunteers undergo a background check and fingerprinting to ensure safety for students, staff, and fellow volunteers at school sites. In most instances, the volunteer will have to absorb the costs of the check. The fee is currently $10.00 for a commercial background check.
VOLUNTEERS, CHAPERONES, AND MENTORS:
1. Volunteers and mentors working in a capacity where uncontrolled access is anticipated, such as those working with students in an unsupervised capacity on school grounds, off of school property, or after school are required to be fingerprinted and complete a full Fingerprint Background Check and form.
2. Volunteers working in a capacity where no uncontrolled access is anticipated on a one time basis only, or on a sporadic basis, do not need to be fingerprinted, i.e. parents volunteering for career day, book fairs, school dances, or other one time events.
3. Parents and volunteers who volunteer in a classroom on a regular basis in a supervised setting must obtain a Commercial Background Check through PGCPS on an annual basis.
4. Chaperones who will participate in a day field trip or an overnight school trip are considered to be volunteers and must undergo a Commercial Background Check initiated by PGCPS through the Fingerprinting Office before performing duties.
All field trip chaperones and volunteers who work in the classroom on a regular basis MUST undergo a background check and be fingerprinted or will be turned away. Please call the Fingerprinting Office at 301-952-6775 for addition