Please find a document that portrays the modified MVP process for summer 2018 and beyond. It is my recommendation to go ahead and complete the MVP Tier 1 process. Please note the highlighted adjustments. This is district-wide, so please do not wait until August to make an appointment.
My Volunteer Pal (MVP)
The volunteers in the Shawnee Mission School District’s (MVP) My Volunteer Pal program are making a difference daily in the lives of students in our schools. Educating today’s students is a collaborative partnership, and volunteers play a valuable role.
In as little as thirty minutes per week, you can make a difference in the life of a student. The Shawnee Mission School District MVP Program connects adult volunteers with youth ages four to 18. Volunteer pals choose from a range of school activities, including mentoring, serving as a lunch buddy, classroom volunteer, sharing special talents or career interests, tutoring in math or reading, or simply being a friend who listens. No special skills are required, only the ability to develop a good relationship and be a good listener. Volunteers enjoy flexible schedules, and most activities take place on school grounds during school hours.
There are two types of volunteer groups as distinguished by the areas in which they may be working or the tasks with which they are assisting. MVP’s identified as Tier I volunteer in a capacity in which they have direct contact with students, either individually or in groups. Examples may include tutor, mentor, classroom volunteer, chaperone, etc. This includes if you plan to assist with field trips to the zoo or other locations you could be with a small group.
Examples of Tier I volunteers who need to be MVP trained include but are not limited to the following:
- Chaperones for USD Approved Field Trips. Examples: band, orchestra, camps (cheerleading, dance team, etc.), DECA, journalism, thespians, sports, etc.
- Chat ‘n Chew
- Chess Club*
- Field trips
- Lunch buddies
- Mad Science*
- Master Gardeners*
- School volunteers. Examples: art room, classroom, library, office, workroom, etc.
- Watch Dogs
- and more.
MVP training and fingerprinting should be completed at least 6 weeks prior to the MVP’s anticipated start date.
*MVP training is required anytime a student is handed off to another adult before or after school who is not the parent, guardian, parent approved adult, or school employee. Examples include: Chess Club, Mad Science and Master Gardeners. Refer to BOE Policy IFCB for a definition of USD Approved Field Trips and Non-Sanctioned Field Trips. Volunteers under 18 years of age are trained, but not fingerprinted. A FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) document must also be signed. Fingerprinting/background check procedures need to be repeated every 3 years.
The other volunteer group, identified as Tier II, volunteer essentially in a one-time, group supervised setting, or non-student contact capacity. Examples may include: classroom party volunteer, committee volunteer, etc.
Steps to Become an MVP Volunteer (please do these steps in order):
1. Complete an online MVP application. (Visit www.smsd.org)
2. Attend a MVP training session. (Training dates and times are posted on the “Volunteering” page on the district’s website. These sessions can fill up quickly and are limited to 12 attendees.) Combined training and fingerprint screening dates are offered at the Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 West 71st, and require a reservation. Please call 913-993-6447 or email email@example.com for a reservation.
3. Drop in fingerprint screening is available at the Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 W. 71st St., on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.and from 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fingerprint screenings can only be done AFTER attending a training session.
Visit www.smsd.org for more information about the MVP program.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (913) 993-6447 for more information.