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Volunteer Information

Starting October 18, 2021, the district will be progressively allowing approved volunteers on school campuses.

All volunteers are required to apply through the Raptor system (Raptor en español).  As the goal is to have our schools remain open for in-person instruction for the entire school year; all volunteers at this time are required to be fully vaccinated. *  Those who have been approved as a volunteer in the past will need to reapply through the Raptor system. All levels of volunteers will be required to provide proof of vaccination in addition to the other requirements such as a TB-test** within the last 60 days.

Interested volunteers may apply through the following links:  Raptor District Volunteer Application (Raptor en español)

All volunteers are expected to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols while on campus. Once an application has been approved, volunteers will receive an email indicating they have been approved.

Classroom/Non-Classroom Volunteers

The District recognizes and values the volunteers who provide a variety of services to our schools. This following information outlines the requirements to ensure that all volunteers have been screened appropriately to provide for maximum safety for all students in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

Level 1:  Non-classroom volunteers with more than limited contact with students who are not always directly supervised by a certificated employee (volunteer coaches, mentors, and paraprofessional counselors, overnight fieldtrip volunteers, etc.) shall submit:

  1. Proof of full vaccination*
  2. A Tuberculosis (TB) assessment/test
  3. Fingerprints for a criminal background/records clearance prior to working with students (use existing forms and same process for all NMUSD employees). 

NOTE: Volunteer coaches must also meet other screening requirements, including, but not limited to current CPR, First Aid certification, Concussion Certificate, and other requirements as noted in the NMUSD Coaching Certification Handbook.

Level 2:  All classroom volunteers with either limited or more than limited contact with students but who are usually supervised at all times by a certificated employee (field trip chaperons, classroom helpers, etc.) are required to:

  1. Submit proof of full vaccination*
  2. Provide a Tuberculosis (TB) assessment/test**
  3. Undergo clearance (screened) through the Megan’s Law website by Classified Personnel to determine whether or not the volunteer is a registered sex offender. 

Level 3:  Non-classroom volunteers with either limited or more than limited contact with students but who are usually supervised at all times by a certificated employee (office helpers, health office helpers, library/media center helpers) are required to:

  1. Submit proof of full vaccination*
  2. Provide a Tuberculosis (TB) assessment/test**
  3. Undergo clearance (screened) through the Megan’s Law website by Classified Personnel to determine whether or not the volunteer is a registered sex offender. 

Level 4:  Community members who make a brief presentation to students at the school in the presence of a current NMUSD employee (presentation for career day, school assembly, or one-time presentation in classroom), or who serve in an activity in which there will be no contact with students (Bingo night) are required to:

  1. Provide proof of full vaccination*

NOTE: All Preschool Volunteers regardless of level are also required to provide:

  • A valid identification card
  • A pertussis or whooping cough vaccine (Tdap) date
  • A measles vaccine (MMR)
  • An influenza vaccine (Flu shot) - Optional

As provided in Education Code 45125.1(c), the determination of what constitutes limited contact will be determined by the District based upon the totality of circumstances, including factors such as the length of time the volunteers will be on the school grounds, whether students will be in proximity with the site where the volunteers will be working, and whether the volunteers will be working by themselves or with others.

*Fully vaccinated:

  Pfizer and Moderna: two weeks after second dose, Johnson and Johnson: two weeks after dose)

 

**Tuberculosis (TB) Test:

   The following locations for TB skin testing throughout the year are suggested:

  1. Private physician, health insurance provider, or local walk-in clinic.
  2. HOPE Clinic, BESST Center, 2045 Meyer Place, Costa Mesa – free TB skin tests for NMUSD classroom volunteers. Appointments are a must – call (949) 515- 6725 for an appointment. Please note that if the TB skin test is positive, it is the volunteer’s responsibility to seek follow-up care with a medical provider who will order a chest x-ray and will deem if other treatment is necessary. It is not the responsibility of Newport-Mesa Unified School District to manage follow-up after receiving a positive TB skin test from NMUSD or cover costs for any follow-up care.