Smyth County Public Schools—Volunteer Process
The Smyth County School Board supports and encourages the active participation of parents and members of the community in providing and extending educational opportunities for children. The involvement of parents, volunteers, and others in the community who can serve as a resource to schools is a fundamentally important component of successful school programs.
The following process must be completed to participate as a volunteer for Smyth County Schools.
- Download and complete the Smyth County Volunteer Form: Microsoft Word 2007 or later format; Adobe Reader format.
- Submit the completed form to the school in which the individual prefers to volunteer. Please submit one form to each school in which you wish to volunteer.
- This step is an annual process.
- If you are charged with a crime during the approved 2-year volunteer time frame, you are required to share the information with the principal for potential removal from the volunteer list.
- Submit an online application through the Secure Volunteer website, operated by Background Investigation Bureau (BIB).
- The cost for the secure volunteer information is $16.95 for a two-year application, and it must be completed prior to the expiration date in the second year.
- Once the application has been submitted to Secure Volunteer and your Smyth County Volunteer form has been submitted to the school, the principal will review the application.
- If approved by the Principal for screening, the credit card will be charged $16.95. (If the Principal does not approve the review, the credit card will not be charged and you will be notified.)
- Upon completion of the background check by Secure Volunteer, which should take less than 48 hours, results will be submitted to Smyth County Schools' Director of Human Resources for review.
- If a Barrier Crime has been committed by the prospective volunteer, the request will be denied and notifications will be sent by BIB. Barrier Crimes are defined below.
- If the application is approved, the school will be notified and the volunteer will receive an I.D. card with approval and expiration date.
General List of Barrier Crimes
- The physical or sexual abuse or neglect of a child; or an equivalent offense in another state;
- Conviction of a felony; or conviction of a crime of moral turpitude;
- Arrested for sexual assault, obscenity, drugs, crime of moral turpitude, or child abuse;
- Sexual assault as established in Article 7 (18.2-61 et se q.) of Chapter 4 of Title 18.2;
- Obscenity and related offenses as established in Article 5 (18.2-372 et seq.) of Chapter 8 of Title 18.2;
- Drugs as established in Article 1 (19.2-247 et seq) of Chapter 7 of Title 18.2;
- Moral turpitude (A crime of moral turpitude has been described by the Supreme Court of Virginia as "an act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in the private and social duties which a man owes to his fellow man, or to society in general, contrary to the accepted and customary rule of right and duty between man and man." For example, misdemeanor crimes of moral turpitude are limited to those crimes involving lying, cheating, or stealing.)
- Other Barrier Crimes may be identified through the process, and if so, we will communicate the information with the prospective volunteer.
- In addtion, there are crimes that may not be a barrier to volunteering, but may be a barrier to certain volunteering options (i.e. Embezzlement would prevent someone from volunteering in any capacity where money is involved).