Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Parkway School District. The district has a long history of active school volunteers.View our current volunteer guidelines here.Approved volunteers may begin on February 22, 2022. If employees wish to volunteer, they must also follow the steps outlined below.1. To begin the volunteer process, click this link which will direct you to information on how to get signed up with Transact (previously known as AppGarden). Transact is our volunteer tracking system. This is an automated electronic/email process and you will be notified by email from Transact (Volunteertracker@app-garden.com) along the way as to what you will be required to do next. If you do not have a response within 48 hours (of submitting your online application), please be sure to check your spam folder. ANYONE VOLUNTEERING FOR THE ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT, PLEASE MARK "ATHLETICS/EXTRA DUTY" AS YOUR PRIMARY LOCATION IN THE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION.2. Please be aware that the appropriate background checks are required based on current legislation. Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) FBI fingerprint background checks are mandated by Missouri Statute 168.133. The cost to you, the volunteer, for the MACHS fingerprint background check is currently $42.00, all of which goes to MACHS and not Parkway. This price is subject to change. This fingerprint background check only needs to be renewed every six years provided you continuously remain an active volunteer from year to year. If you had FBI fingerprints done through MACHS for Parkway, after November 2020, you may be exempted from this part of the process. You can check with Kathy Bowen (email@example.com) to see if this applies to you.3. As part of the volunteer approval process, you will be required to complete two online training sessions through Vector. When you review the Volunteer Guidelines (link shown above) more information is provided. Once you submit your volunteer application, you will receive an email with more information and a link to the training site.4. Once you have been approved to volunteer, please reach out to the volunteer coordinator at your building. You must be approved before you can volunteer. You will receive an email notification from Transact (Volunteertracker@app-garden.com) when your approval has been finalized.Please check back here for program changes or updates and/or look for updates from your child's principal throughout the school year. Again, thank you for your interest in volunteering.If you would like to view step by step instructions for the above volunteer application process, please view this guide.What is the definition of a visitor versus a volunteer?
A visitor is someone that is just coming in to drop something off for their student or a staff member, a guest speaker, they are having lunch with their child, they are attending a class party, they are dropping books off in the library, they have a meeting with a staff member, etc. There is no chance they could be left alone with a student.
According to Missouri Statute 168.133 a volunteer:
"...shall mean any person who assists a school by providing uncompensated service and who may periodically be left alone with students. The school district shall ensure that a criminal background check is conducted for all screened volunteers, who shall complete the criminal background check prior to being left alone with a student. Screened volunteers include, but are not limited to, persons who regularly assist in the office or library, mentor or tutor students, coach or supervise a school-sponsored activity before or after school, or chaperone students on an overnight trip." This includes chaperoning field trips.