Volunteers Must be Vaccinated or have an Approved Exception
Because like staff, volunteers work closely with students on a regular basis, state law requires them to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious exception. “Vaccinated” means completing the first two Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or the first Johnson & Johnson vaccine. [No boosters are required] A number of exceptions were approved last year.
Volunteer Registration for Vaccinated Individuals
All volunteers must re-register online and receive a background check each school year. During registration, volunteers will be asked to upload proof of vaccination through a Google Form like last year. That information will continue to be maintained by the Human Resources Department. Once the background check has been completed and proof of vaccination has been approved, individuals may begin volunteering in schools.
Volunteer Process for Unvaccinated Individuals
All volunteers must re-register online and receive a background check each school year. During registration, unvaccinated individuals will be asked to check a box within the background check to request a medical or religious exception. Please complete an Exception Form [Medical Exception or Religious Exception] then send it to Jeremiah Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you received an exception in the last school year, it will carry over to this year.
The background check will still require that you click on the link titled, “Click Here to Upload Vaccine Documents.” If you have an approved vaccine exception from last school year, you don’t need to do anything on this page except open it. Once that tab is open, go back to the background check tab and finish submitting your background check. You will receive an email within 5-10 days once you are cleared to volunteer. When the HelpCounter background check has been completed, and the medical or religious exception form has been approved, individuals may begin volunteering in schools.