We welcome volunteers at Bushy Park and hope that this information will acquaint you with the goals and responsibilities of the volunteer program at our school.
All visitors to the building are required to sign in at the office before going anywhere in the building. In addition, we ask that you sign out at the end of your time with us.
Please turn your cell phone off or, at least, to vibrate. Volunteers are asked not to use their cell phones in the school building, as cell phones can create disruptions and be distracting to a learning environment.
Volunteers are to be positive role models at all times. Please treat others with respect and patience throughout the day.
As a volunteer, you are required by law to protect the confidentiality of all student information that you see or hear while volunteering. FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), a federal law, as well as state regulations, protect student information.
It is essential that you are careful not to divulge any confidential information that has been received during your time spent volunteering at school.
If you should become aware of information regarding a student that you feel needs to be shared, concerns should be directed to a school administrator. The school administrator will determine to whom this information will be disseminated.
In an effort to support a school environment that is conducive to learning, volunteers are asked to refrain from bringing a child or children with them to volunteer.
We love small children but siblings and/or daycare children, etc. are not allowed in instructional areas during your volunteer time.
Please dress appropriately. Remember that you are a role model, so professional attire is important. Please do not wear a hat in the school building.
Adult restrooms are located near the first floor staff lounge. There is also an adult restroom located in the hallway near the second floor staff lounge.
Volunteers are asked not to use student restrooms.
All meetings/conferences with staff must be scheduled in advance and may not occur during time with students (including arrival/dismissal times). Please do not attempt to conference with your child's teacher(s) during your volunteer time.
We look forward to having you volunteer! If you are scheduled to volunteer on any given day and are unable to be at school, please call the office as soon as possible.
Parent volunteers who are working on non-instructional tasks (clerical/cut and paste activities, etc.) are to work in the Extended Learning Areas (ELA). Only parents who are working with small groups or individual students supporting instruction are to be in the classroom.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering within the Howard County School System! We value our volunteers and the contributions they make to our students and schools.
According to HCPSS Board Policy, all parent volunteers must complete a Confidentiality Training Course about protecting the privacy of our students, staff, and schools.
Child abuse and child neglect are against the law. Educators, health care workers, police officers, etc. are required by law to report suspected abuse or neglect. In addition, school volunteers, community members, and others are expected to report if there is a reason to believe that abuse or neglect possibly occurred. Reports should be made without attempts to do further investigation, interrogation or other verification of the allegation.
Should you have reason to believe that a child is being abused or neglected, contact the Howard County Department of Social Services (DSS) 410-872-4203 or the Police Child Abuse Unit 410-313-2635, or the Maryland State Police 410-386-3000.
If the abuse or suspected abuse of a student involves a staff person, please notify DSS and then a school administrator.
New for 2019-2020: Prior to volunteering in the Carson Reading Room, please view the updated powerpoint as we have made some changes to the process.
Please download and view. No certificate is required.
Thank you for volunteering to be a volunteer this year. The countless tasks you will do will enrich the lives of students and staff. Your thanks will come not only in words, but also in the smiles of the students and staff. Please do not hesitate to ask the staff or administration if there is something that we can help you with.
All volunteers follow the general guidelines for volunteers which are presented in the Volunteer Training Slide Show. After viewing the Slide Show, you will need to click on the volunteer registration link in order to be registered as a volunteer.
In addition, room parents have additional guidelines related to their very special roles. Please review the Room Parent information at the bottom of this page.
If you are the room parent you may be responsible for organizing parties and handling class collections. Your homeroom teacher will let you know his/her needs. Each teacher will need to clarify his/her expectation of his/her room parent. Please be aware that if food items for parties are sent in they must be from the approved list or they cannot be served. (See Food Section Below.)
There may be times when you want to send home a letter to parents related to an activity the teacher has asked you to plan. All letters must be approved by an administrator. Sometimes there may be a policy or procedure that you are not aware of and the administrator can help by giving you information that will help to align the letter's content with school or school system requirements.
Certain room parents decide to ask for donations of money for a gift for the teacher. This is by no means a suggestion to do so. Please be aware that these are very difficult economic times for many families. If a request for a monetary gift donation for a teacher gift is made it may not exceed $15 per child. The gift must also be presented as coming from all students regardless of whether their parents made a donation or not. Keep in mind that there will be families who prefer not to give a gift, who prefer to purchase a gift, or even enjoy having their child make a gift. Gifts are not expected by staff members and should not be considered as being required.
In order to be a registered volunteer at Bushy Park Elementary School, you must view the volunteer training and take the survey by clicking the volunteer registration link below. This volunteer training is required annually.
Volunteer Registration DIRECTIONS
1. View the the pdf slide show here.
2. After viewing, please print page 36 of the presentation.
3. Sign the page and submit to the school, along with the Confidentiality Certificate.