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Volunteering at St. Teresa of Calcutta 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;

Criminal Reference Check and Annual Offence Declaration

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)

COVID 19 Safety Measures

The Halton Catholic District School Board recognizes its responsibility to provide healthy and safe learning environments for our school community.  As such, the following COVID-19 Safety Measures have been implemented for all individuals (excluding students) who enter Board-operated facilities:

  • Volunteers that attend Board facilities or will have direct contact with students or staff must show proof of full vaccination (as per Health Canada guidelines and Reopening Ontario Act, 2020) against COVID-19 to Board personnel (i.e. the school Principal), with a final dose administered at least 14 days prior to entering the school;
  • Volunteers that are unable to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 must complete regular rapid antigen testing, must show Board personnel verification of negative test results, and must also complete a COVID-19 vaccination educational program prescribed by the Ministry of Education.  Any costs associated with regular rapid antigen testing are the responsibility of the volunteer.  A regular rapid antigen testing program includes:
    • Twice per week testing;
    • Testing should be implemented consistently on a weekly bases with at least 3 days between tests and conducted Sunday to Friday, and
    • Testing should not take place more than 48 hours before entering a Board facility.

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;

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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