Visiting and Volunteering on Campus
This policy is subject to change based on current health conditions in the county.
Visitors are welcome with these expectations.
All visitors must sign in at the school office (Ed. Code Section 32211) prior to visiting the classroom, playground, or any location on campus.
Visitors must wear a visitor identification sticker in a visible place.
Provide prior notice to teachers and staff to arrange appropriate times and days.
Make an appointment with your child's teacher before or after school to discuss any questions or concerns. Please do NOT disturb the classroom teachers during class time.
Use adult designated bathrooms in the office only. Adults are NEVER allowed in student restrooms.
If your child is leaving school early for the day, you must sign your child out at the front office.
School policy does not permit children (students from other schools, friends, relatives) to visit the classroom for the day.
To ensure visits to the classroom are safe and productive for both the school and visitor, we ask that you schedule your visits in advance with the classroom teacher.
Sandpiper School benefits from outstanding community support. Volunteers contribute to our academic programs, our classrooms, and student enrichment. We encourage families and community members to contribute their interests and expertise to our school. Volunteering is a great way to give back, to meet new people, and for parents to see their children in action at school. There are lots of ways to get involved for people with a variety of interests and schedules. Most volunteer roles are 1-2 hours a month, many are for work needed to be done out of school hours.
All volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer Clearance Form and all necessary clearance(s). Click here for more information.
You will be able to sign up to volunteer once the school year begins, or you may see opportunities announced in newsletters. Much of our PTA information is announced at the start of school when a new team of volunteers takes over.
School Volunteer Agreement
There is enormous value for our children when volunteers choose to help because they care. Now more than ever before our children deserve to know that their community is protected. Our activities are run by volunteers who give their time, passions and skills. Volunteers play a vital role at Sandpiper and go through a district clearance process before being authorized to volunteer. In order to foster a safe and respectful learning environment for all children and staff, and to make the most of your time and expertise, volunteers and school staff are asked to adhere to the following rules:
All: Be a role model for all students by following our school-wide expectations and demonstrating respect, responsibility, and safety at all times.
Volunteers: Enter campus through the front office. Check in with the front office staff and obtain a visitor's badge.
School Staff: Welcome volunteers, ensure they are cleared, provide a badge, direct them to the appropriate area.
Volunteers: Support the work and decisions of classroom teachers and school staff. Address concerns and ask questions when students are not present. Protect the privacy of students and honor confidentiality.
School Staff: Communicate with volunteers. Protect the privacy of students. Keep confidential information out of view and earshot of volunteers. Use discretion about potentially sensitive matters.
Volunteers: Participate in safety drills and procedures that take place while you are on campus.
School Staff: Be ready to guide both adults and students to follow emergency procedures.
Volunteers: Use bathrooms designated for adults while on campus.
School Staff: Direct volunteers to the closest bathroom designated for adults.
Track Volunteer Hours
Please keep track of the time you volunteer at the school. In order for the Sandpiper PTA to be a non-profit organization, our PTA Historian tallies all volunteer hours and reports them to the California State PTA. Thank you in advance for all your time and effort!
Coming soon: Link to report your hours.
Why Track Hours:
PTA collects volunteer hours for several important reasons below:
The California State PTA requires the PTA to file annual reports in accordance with unit, council, and district PTA bylaws.
The IRS requires volunteer hours reporting to maintain the PTA's federal tax exemption status. An organization with nonprofit charitable status must receive one-third of its support from the general public to maintain the status. The IRS takes these numbers and annually evaluates and attributes a specific dollar value to the volunteer hours donated.
The total number of volunteer hours can help the district and schools to qualify for grants because the hours indicate the extent of parent involvement and commitment.
How to Report Hours:
On the day you volunteer, please sign in and out at the PTA volunteer binder, located in the main office. If you are a new volunteer, the office staff will ask you to identify yourself. You will be asked to wear a badge to identify you to students and staff on campus as a registered visitor and volunteer. This is for everyone's safety.