How to Volunteer at Lone Oak ISD
We want to thank you in advance for your interest in volunteering in the Lone Oak Independent School District. The teachers, students and staff greatly appreciate the time you are willing to share through your volunteer work here. You will add greatly to the educational experience of our students.
Volunteer Disclosure Form
All volunteers are asked to complete a volunteer application. Before you have connected with the schools that you will volunteer at, you must complete an application. The tremendous responsibility the Lone Oak Independent School District has to its school children and community necessitates the information from all volunteers regarding convictions*. Volunteers who work with or around students must submit their drivers license to do a background check at each visit.
Volunteering in a school is an experience and a privilege for both the school and the volunteer. It is designed to promote and maintain a supportive relationship with the students, teachers, and school staff.
Please help keep our program running smoothly by following these guidelines:
- Sign in at the office when you arrive at school.
- Wear your volunteer tag.
- Sign out at the office when you leave.
- Return your volunteer tag.
As a volunteer, please keep the following in mind:
- Respect the confidences of student and school personnel.
- Follow the guidelines established by the school such as:
- Dress code
- Hours of work
- Responsible, adult behavior
- Values, regulations, rules, and policies
- Use reasonable judgment in making decisions, then as soon as possible, consult with school staff for future guidance when needed.
- Be considerate, respect competencies, and work as a member of the team with the staff and students.
- You are not responsible for instructing, evaluating, teaching, or making decisions for students but will be expected to enrich and extend learning opportunities for students and promote educational excellence for the school system.
An effective volunteer:
- Is cooperative with the administration and teaching personnel.
- Is sincerely concerned about students.
- Is willing to be discreet, sincere, dedicated and punctual.
- Recognizes the individuality of each student.
- Respects the teacher or staff member's ultimate responsibility for the health, welfare and education of each student.
- Cooperates, coordinates and communicates continually with school administrators, faculty members, and staff.
- Provides the teacher or staff member with the satisfaction of knowing that the student's needs are being met and that quality education is being promoted, extended and enriched.
- Receives the sincere gratitude of the total school community.
Guidelines for working with children:
- Encourage children to do their own thinking.
- Give students plenty of time to answer.
- Accept children as they are.
- You must not feel responsible for judging children's abilities, progress or behaviors.
- Respect children's privacy.
- If a child or teacher reveals personal information, regard it as a confidence.
- Help build students' self-confidence and keep a positive attitude.
- Remember, effort and attentiveness can be as important as performance.
A volunteer can expect teachers and school staff to:
- Provide specific instructions to the volunteer.
- Provide space for the volunteer to do their work.
- Provide necessary materials and equipment.
- Communicate with the volunteer as needed.
- Provide advance notice when special events interfere with the volunteer time.
Teachers can expect the folling from volunteers:
Confidentiality: When volunteering, please remember that the behaviors and abilities of students, teachers, and staff are never appropriate topics for discussions outside of school. Respect confidences of students and school personnel. Be alert to the need for confidentiality.
Dependability: The staff you work with will depend on you to be present at your scheduled time. Their tasks are planned with your help in mind. The students will expect you and look forward to you coming to their class. Therefore, if you will not be able to volunteer on a particular day, please notify the school office immediately and leave a message for the staff member. Also, please be prompt. Being punctual lets the students know they are important to you. If you must be late, notify the school office.