At OLGC, there are numerous opportunities for school parents to volunteer your time and energy. We need your help in many ways throughout the school year.
To Become a School Volunteer:
- If you are planning to volunteer at our school, you must complete the required background check forms and complete VIRTUS training, a 4-hour child protection program. Click here for upcoming dates in the Arlington Diocese Area.
- If you have questions about the policy or process, contact Tammy Beaven, Parish Child Protection Liaison, 703.896.7413. These requirements help ensure that all school volunteers have been properly screened prior to working with our children. Volunteers are also trained in recognizing and preventing situations that might place our children in danger. Receive general information from the Diocesan Office for Child Protection & Safety. Thank you for your dedication to serving our youth!
Volunteer Opportunities at School
For safety and security reasons, all school visitors (volunteers, parents, etc.) must sign in at the reception desk. All visitors and/or volunteers are required to wear a designated badge that is given at sign in. Playground volunteers are required to wear a red vest so the students can recognize the person on duty.
The school relies on your volunteer support. We ask that you follow through on tasks by attending the scheduled times and giving notice of absence whenever possible.
A volunteer operates in a position of trust. Personal information pertaining to students must be kept confidential. Children’s actions, responses, progress, or problems at school are not for sharing in the community. Conversations between parents, teachers, and students in the school are confidential. Volunteers should not discuss these conversations outside of school. Refer any concerns to the Administration.
Our Lady of Good Counsel has specific expectations for student dress. Although volunteers do not have a dress code requirement, it is expected that volunteers reflect the image of Our Lady of Good Counsel School and wear modest clothing while working in the school or during school activities.
The Administration of Our Lady of Good Counsel School is accountable for facilitating, monitoring, evaluating, and providing continuity for the success of the volunteer program. The staff is committed to welcoming volunteers, informing them about their tasks, encouraging their initiatives, and celebrating their efforts.
School volunteers are expected to adhere to school rules and procedures, perform assigned tasks to the best of their ability, work cooperatively with all staff, and seek clarification when necessary. Volunteers are not allowed to be alone with a student at any time. Children’s restrooms are not to be used by volunteers. There are adult restrooms located in the building.
Please be proactive when supervising the children. Problems should be referred to the teacher(s) on duty or the office should be notified as soon as possible.