For classroom activity volunteers, all parents, guardians, and custodians of enrolled children are considered Parent Access Volunteers, and are expressly given permission to have access to the child by the parent, guardian, or custodian of the child. Parent Access Volunteers shall have access limited to the classroom of the child, and office or meeting room areas not frequented by other children. The Parent Access Volunteer shall not be permitted to move about in any other classrooms or areas of any facility unaccompanied by staff. Furthermore, Parent Access Volunteers must remain visibly and audibly observed while in their child’s classroom at all times and may never be alone with any child other than their own child. Parent Access Volunteers will be asked to sign a statement that they have received a copy of this Family Handbook.
Certified Volunteers are parents, or community volunteers, who in the course of their volunteering duties have regular access to areas beyond the classroom of their child; and/or Parent Access Volunteers who wish to be routinely present in the classroom setting an average of (8) eight or more hours per month. In accordance with Indiana licensing standards, Certified Volunteers will be asked to complete at minimum a TB screening and background check (at no cost to the enrolled parent or guardian).
Sometimes children experience some difficulty sharing their parents with the other children in the classroom when the parent is in the classroom to volunteer. Parents faced with this type of situation should ask staff for suggestions on how to best manage the situation and allow staff to manage any discipline issues. Parents should also be supportive of the classroom guidelines when they volunteer.
The Head Start program does not allow siblings of Head Start students in any Head Start classroom while parents volunteer in the classroom for the following reasons: