Volunteers and Chaperones in Aurora Public Schools
Honest, dependable and respectful volunteers are an essential part of the Aurora Public Schools team. Virtually every teacher in the elementary school now has the assistance of classroom volunteers, and there are many volunteers helping at the middle and high school levels as well.
Volunteers do so much more than assist in the classroom. They help in lunchrooms, libraries, and the school board office; teach after-school classes; perform exterior maintenance work; work with booster clubs and technology groups; offer economic donations, skills advisement and sharing; and contribute in countless other ways. In the classroom, volunteers are considered important and valued members of our teaching teams, helping provide each child with a fair measure of time and attention.
To ensure that our volunteers enhance the safety, security, well-being and success of our students, The Security department is now registering all volunteers and providing them with ID badges. In addition, a background check is performed on each volunteer. If the volunteer is committing to only a one-time event, he or she will simply need to register at the front office of the school or site.
1. All volunteers will need to obtain the Volunteer Approval Request form from the school where they will be volunteering prior to coming to the Security department. This form needs to be signed by the Principal and faxed, emailed or sent inner office to the security department. Please note that the Security department will need to have this form before the volunteer process can begin, and this form cannot be hand delivered by the volunteer. Please fax to 303-326-1984 or email to Volunteers.
3. Come to the APS Security office to submit the registration form and start the background check process. Please bring a current government issued photo ID and your volunteer registration form, if you've already completed one. Once the background check has been cleared (usually 24-48 hours after) the volunteer ID will be sent to the school for the volunteer to pick up. If the background check is not acceptable, the Security department will decline their offer to volunteer and notify the appropriate site.
4. Aurora public schools uses Verified Volunteers to conduct their background checks. The process for checks are completed online. When a volunteer comes into the office to start the screening process, a link to the background check site will be emailed to the volunteer. The volunteer will follow the online directions to create an account and submit their check. Once the check has been cleared by the security office, the volunteer will be sent an email and at this time the badge will be sent to the school. If the volunteer does not have access to a computer to complete their check, security can enter it for them.
5. Report to the front office at the school their child attends for scheduling and assignment of duties.
All volunteer badges are issued from August 1 until the last day of school and are valid until July 31st and must be renewed each year. The school can contact Kristin Britt in the Security office (303-365-7816, extension 28410) to confirm the volunteer's acceptance. The volunteer will have an ID badge, to be worn at all times while on school property for volunteer purposes.
The Security office is open for volunteer badges:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.
*Must be at least 17 to go through the volunteer process, and anyone who is 17 will need to get their background check from the police department*
*If you have not been a resident of Colorado for a minimum of one year, you will have to pay $15 for Security to conduct a background check on your previous state*