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Volunteering at St. Francis of Assisi School

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. 1 Peter 4:10

The Value of Volunteering

  • Enriches educational programs and services;
  • Enhances student success and achievement;
  • Provides members of the community with opportunities to use their knowledge and skills;
  • Enables members of the community to gain valuable experience, personal growth and satisfaction;

Expectations of our School Volunteers

  • Our teachers will prepare activities if they are expecting you;
  • Please call the school and let us know you are unable to volunteer when expected;
  • For the safety of our students all persons entering the school are required to report to the office, sign the Visitor’s Book, and wear a visitor tag;
  • Please remember that you are in the school to support a specific activity or event, not to visit classrooms and your child(ren);
  • It is expected that volunteers will attempt to correct any behaviour that may be potentially unsafe for students who are nearby or in their care and then report to an appropriate staff member;
    Treat others (students, staff, and others) with respect and dignity and in accordance with Board policies and practices;
  • Please understand that we are called to protect the dignity of everyone in our school and ask that you refrain from discussing student information with others in the community;
    • Privacy Act: Pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (1989), volunteers with the Board will at all times uphold complete confidentiality;
  • It is a legal obligation of every Ontario resident to report any case of suspected child abuse to Children’s Aid Society (C.A.S).  As a volunteer please ensure that you report any suspicion of child abuse to the school administration. All information shared will be kept strictly confidential;
  • Respond to the Emergency Procedures of the class and students you are working with. Remain with the class, the teacher will record your presence to the Reporting Center by front of the school;
  • For the purposes of ensuring the safety of our students, each school volunteer must:
    • Provide a Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening dated within the last six months of the date it is shared with the school (for new volunteers); AND
    • Complete an annual Offence Declaration that states the you have had no convictions under the Criminal Code of Canada since your last Criminal Reference Check (for returning volunteers with a previous check on file at the school);

Online Criminal Reference Checks

Police Record Checks are now available ONLINE. Residents of Halton Region, aged 21 and older can apply for Police Information Checks and Police Vulnerable Sector Checks for employment and volunteer purposes online 24 hours a day, seven days a week without having to attend one of our police locations.  Please see the document below for further details.

Online Police Record Check

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