School Volunteers....

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-16-2005
School Volunteers....
497
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:49am

I think there are always going to be those that I wouldn't have an issue with, but I do believe that checking for felonies, keeping children safe first has to be the priority.


Pages

Avatar for jbgattuso
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-29-2003
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:54am

I guess this could be a hard call, but there are people in our school who get upset that a background check must be completed before volunteering.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2009
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:55am

We want parents to be involved in their children's education and then do something like this, punish them for the pasts that they had before they had children.

I remember one parent who confided in me that before she had her children, she was a meth addict. I don't know if she was ever busted for it, but the point is that she cleaned up her act. Her daughter was one of my best students and the mother was very involved in her education. Lots of people do change completely when they have children, and I don't like the idea of barring them from schools because of their past.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-16-2005
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 10:25am
I believe there are some good people that did things in their past, however, the background checks also bring up child molestors, burglars, etc...The school can't do this on a case by case basis...they do not have the resources.


iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2009
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 10:36am

<>

I'm not understanding your statement. If the school has the resources to do background checks on parents who want to volunteer in their child's school, it doesn't cost any money whatsoever to make a determination that child molesters or people who committed other past crimes against children can't volunteer.

This strikes me as another one of those unreasonable "no tolerance policy" things. No rational thought needed.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2006
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 10:38am

I agree ... it's not like a parent is missing a major life experience by not being able to volunteer at a child's school. I've seen enough to think that volunteers (regardless of record) should be assigned in random pairs whenever possible, too. Some grownups have an inappropriately controlling relationship when they're alone with children that isn't apparent when they're around other adults.

Deborah

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-16-2005
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 10:39am

From your example, how does the school know that the meth addict has recovered?


Avatar for jbgattuso
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-29-2003
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 10:44am

"Some grownups have an inappropriately controlling relationship when they're alone with children that isn't apparent when they're around other adults."



That is a really good point and I like the "pairs" idea :)

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2006
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 10:46am

I AM pretty irrational when it comes to my kids' safety. Sometimes a former addiction or felony is the tip of an iceberg...sometimes not. In any case, as I stated in an earlier post, volunteering at a kids' school is not a major life experience. I think homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, if the parent feels a need to be more involved in the educational process. And after school enrichment is always a possibility as well. And I have known a former meth addict who is a wonderful father, but I also don't think that addiction or stealing, etc., are things that just "happen" to people. Not everyone does that stuff; I think we're more safe filling our volunteer list with people that we know have "clean" backgrounds. JMHO.

Deborah

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2009
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 10:48am

<>

The school never would have known if she didn't have a criminal background. She certainly didn't look like a current meth addict.

<

It would depend on the crime and how long in the past it was.

<>

Background checks are not reliable, either. For example, in my school district, every year there is a case or two of a teacher who molested or was otherwise inappropriate with students. Every single teacher gets a background check, including fingerprints that get run through the FBI. None of them had a prior record.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2009
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 10:50am

<>

In the schools where I worked, parents weren't left alone with students.

Pages