Required Background Check for Volunteers
Georgia Law O.C.G.A. 35-3-34.2 states that volunteers who may have unsupervised access to children will submit to a fingerprint screening which includes a query through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) of their criminal history.
All volunteers who work with students in an unsupervised capacity, including all chaperones for overnight field trips, must make an appointment with the Fayette County Public Schools' Human Resources department. The Human Resources department will make every effort to conduct background checks in a reasonable fashion; however, results may take up to two weeks. Only upon clearance from the Human Resources department may the volunteer commence their volunteer duties.
Volunteers must undergo a background check every 5 years and a criminal history check each year.
Volunteer Mandated Reporter Training
Schools are now required by the State of Georgia to train all volunteers as mandated reporters of child abuse.
In compliance with this law, the Fayette County Board of Education has implemented a new training procedure for ALL school volunteers and chaperones. Prior to volunteering or chaperoning, you will need to view a PDF document containing information about Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting. The slides in the PDF, linked below, cover the procedures for providing child abuse mandated reporting as it relates to school volunteers/chaperones.
Once you have read the information in its entirety, please fill out (or update) the volunteer application for the school(s) at which you want to volunteer. At the bottom of that form, check the box acknowledging that you have read the Mandated Reporter training and on what date. Please make sure that ALL of the information required in the form is submitted. With this process, you can offer to volunteer at more than one school with one application, and you will only need to apply once, confirming you have completed the training. Once your school approves your application, you will be able to sign in as a volunteer in the front office kiosk.
If you have questions after viewing the Mandated Reporter Training slides, please contact the front office at your child's school and we will be happy to help. We appreciate the time and dedication of our volunteers, but it is our priority to protect our students.
If you would like to serve as a volunteer at Fayette County Schools, please complete the following:
Step 1: Read the Mandated Reporter information (PDF)
Mandated Reporter - Spanish translation
Step 2: AFTER viewing the Mandated Reporter PDF, please complete the volunteer application form located here.
Remember, please view the Mandated Reporter PDF BEFORE completing the volunteer application form.
Fayette County Public Schools appreciates you!