Polk County Public Schools will extend the expiration of our volunteers’ credentials by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We know that if it was safe for them to be in our buildings, that’s where our volunteers would be: supporting our students and staff. Extending their expiration dates was the right thing to do for these incredible people who contribute so much to our school district,” said Senior Coordinator of Strategic Partnerships Jeanette Crowley.
To protect students and staff, PCPS is limiting volunteer access to its schools and buildings for at least the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year. Schools are being encouraged to find virtual ways for volunteers to contribute.
Typically, volunteer credentials expire five years from the date the volunteer was approved. After that time, volunteers must submit a new application and undergo a new background check.
To make up for this period of limited volunteer access, PCPS will extend the expiration dates by an additional year. For example, a volunteer whose status would normally expire on Sept. 21, 2020, will remain active in the district’s volunteer system until Sept. 21, 2021.
Volunteers are encouraged to contact their schools for information on how to get involved from a distance. Updates on volunteer access will be posted to the district’s website and social media accounts as more information becomes available.