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DescriptionThe Mt. Healthy Mentor Program seeks faithful, caring adults and/or older students to give thirty minutes, once a week or once every other week, to help a student believe that they can achieve and succeed in school and in life. The mentor meets with the same student each session and helps them with their reading and/or math or any other skill that the student needs. You do not need an educational background or degree to do this. It just takes a small amount of your time to help make big things happen. We bring on mentors at any time and after a short orientation and background check, you can start making that difference with your student.
Volunteer Contact Information
TitleVolunteer Contact Information
DescriptionPlease feel free to call or email with questions, ideas, or to sign up to help our students!
Jana Wolfe, Assistant Principal
Volunteer Information Sheet
TitleVolunteer Information Sheet
DescriptionIf you are interested in volunteering at South Elementary, simply print and fill out the information sheet on this link and send back with your child or drop off in the school office. One of our staff members will get in contact with you to set up an initial meeting to get started.
LocationClick here to view and download South's Parent and Community Volunteer Protocols
Mt. Healthy City School District
Parent and Community Volunteer Protocols
South Elementary has designed and developed volunteer protocols aligned with Mt. Healthy City School District bylaws and policies.
Parent and Community Volunteers are expected to:
1. Abide by all Board policies and District guidelines while on duty as a volunteer. These include confidentiality of student information, coverage under the District’s liability policy, District release policy, and refusal for compensation as a District volunteer.
a. Volunteers will sign South Elementary confidentiality agreement
b. Volunteers will sign District release policy
2. Display appropriate behavior at all times and submit a set of fingerprints for a criminal records check. Fingerprints need to be submitted every five years. The criminal records check will be at the Board’s expense (per 3120.09 of Board policy.) Per district policy, if a criminal records check indicates that a volunteer has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any offenses listed in the district policy and/or described in R.C. 109.572(A)(1), the volunteer will be informed either that South Elementary is no longer interested in maintaining his/her volunteer service or that the volunteer will be assigned to duties for which s/he will not work unsupervised with children. If a volunteer has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one of the above mentioned offenses, please notify the school within one week.
Fingerprinting Not Mandatory
• Field trips
• Classroom parties
• Working with students inside the classroom
• Assisting with copies, cutting, laminating (in teacher workroom or classroom)
• Assisting office staff
• Assisting teacher inside the classroom where teacher is present (same room)
• Working with student one-on-one in the hallway or another area unsupervised by school staff
• “Regular” volunteer at school (volunteering in building one or more times weekly)
3. Check in prior to each volunteer session and obtain necessary identification from the school office and/or Parent Resource Center.
4. Pre-visit training, school tour, and/or orientation prior to the first visit. South Elementary also strives to provide on-going training, dialogue, and support for parent and community volunteers.
5. Volunteers are welcome to eat lunch in the teacher workrooms on each floor or with their child in the cafeteria. The staff and volunteer lunch break is 30 minutes.
LocationClick here to view and download South's Parent and Community Involvement Policy
Mt. Healthy School District
Parent and Community Involvement and Volunteer Policy
South Elementary believes that each parent and family member serves as their child’s first teacher and decision-maker in education. South Elementary believes that student learning is more likely to occur when there is an effective partnership between the school, student’s parents and family, and the community. Such partnerships encourage great involvement of parents and the community in each child’s education, which generally results in higher academic achievement, improved student behavior and engagement, and reduced absenteeism.
In accordance with statute and the State Board of Education of Ohio’s Parent and Family Involvement Policy, this policy (adapted from FCFC) uses the term “families” in order to include children’s primary caregivers who are not their biological parents, such as foster caregivers, grandparents, and other family members.
To encourage partnerships with families and communities, South Elementary is committed to the following actions:
Welcome Family and Community Members into the School Community
1. Promote welcoming, supportive, and student-centered schools.
2. Provide professional development for school staff that helps build partnerships between families and schools.
3. Offer activities that relate to students, parents, families, and the community.
Offer Parent Support
1. Establish a shared approach to child guidance and discipline.
2. Provide information to families to support the proper health, safety, and well-being of their children.
3. Provide information and opportunities for families to be involved in monitoring student progress.
1. Provide information to families about school policies, procedures, programs, and activities.
2. Promote regular and open communication between school, families, and the community.
3. Provide opportunities for families to be involved in meaningful discussion and meetings with school staff concerning, but not limited to, academics, social growth, and behavior.
Offer Volunteer Opportunities
1. Provide volunteer opportunities for families and community members to support students.
2. Support other needs, such as meals and child care, to enable families to participate in school-sponsored family involvement activities.
Collaborate with the Community
1. Build partnerships and connect families with community-based programs and other resources, such as mentors.
2. Coordinate and integrate family involvement programs and activities with district initiatives and community-based programs that encourage and support families’ participation in their children’s education, growth, and development.
South Elementary will work together with families, community, and the Mt. Healthy City School District on a comprehensive plan for engaging families in partnerships supporting their students’ academic achievement, social growth, and overall well-being. South Elementary, together with staff, families, and community members will annually review the content and effectiveness of the plan, identify barriers and/or concerns, and work to continuously adapt and improve parent, family, and community involvement.