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SRVUSD creates new volunteer requirements

Changes to application process for prospective adult drivers, volunteers

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District has implemented a new online application system for adults wishing to volunteer on a school campus or drive students on school-related trips.

Having begun this month, the "Volunteer Management System" is a web-based application system, partnered with Be A Mentor, Inc., that provides additional clearance and screening for interested volunteers.

District officials said the new system facilitates the registration process -- which takes between one and six weeks -- and creates a more appropriate level of screening and tracking.

During the application process, applicants will choose one or more clearance level based on their volunteer interests.

Level one clearance entails positions such as classroom aide, campus-activity supervisor or day-trip chaperone. Clearance involves completing the online application and a search of the sex offender registry.

Level two clearance is for volunteers interested in becoming field trip drivers and includes a 10-year driving history clearance and Department of Motor Vehicles "Pull Notification," in addition to the checks of level one clearance.

Level three clearance allows volunteers to accompany students on overnight field trips. Clearance involves the checks of level one and two as well as a criminal background check through the FBI and fingerprinting.

According to town officials, SRVUSD will cover the cost of LiveScan, the fingerprinting service, and will not fingerprint any current employees or volunteers.

For more information or to apply, visit the district website.

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