OSSU schools rely on a dedicated group of volunteers. Family members, friends, caregivers, and community members are encouraged to get involved and apply to volunteer by first contacting the school at which you would like to serve. You may reach out to a teacher or member of the school administration who will share with you volunteer opportunities and the application process.
To ensure our students are learning in a safe, secure, and stable environment, OSSU performs a Vermont criminal record check screening through the Vermont Criminal Information Center (VCIC) on all individuals interested in volunteering in our schools or recreation department.
Vermont Criminal Record Check
In order to protect our students from potential abuse or exploitation, school districts will be performing a Vermont criminal record check screening through the Vermont Criminal Information Center (VCIC) on all individuals interested in volunteering in our schools or recreation department
No individual subject to the criminal record checks shall be eligible to serve (or continue to serve) as a volunteer if they have been convicted of one or more of the following crimes (taken from 16 V.S.A. § § 252 and 1698). The list of disqualifying crimes is not meant to be all inclusive. For convictions not listed, eligibility to volunteer shall be considered on a case by case basis. The totality of the crimes shall also be considered when determining eligibility to volunteer. The decision of the Superintendent in these matters shall be final:
Sex offender crimes listed in 13 V.S.A. § 5401(10) (sex offender definition for registration purposes):
Crimes involving a victim listed in 13 V.S.A. § 5301(7)
Contributing to juvenile delinquency under 13 V.S.A. § 1301
Cruelty to children under 13 V.S.A. § 1304
Cruelty by person having custody under 13 V.S.A. § 1305
Prohibited acts under 13 V.S.A. § § 2632 and 2635
Displaying obscene materials to minors under 13 V.S.A. § 2804b
Sexual exploitation of children under 13 V.S.A. chapter 64
Drug sales, including selling or dispensing under 18 V.S.A. § § 4230(b), 4231(b), 4232(b), 4233(b), 4234(b),4234a, 4234b, 4235(c), 4235a(b), and 4237
Sexual activity by a caregiver, under 33 V.S.A. § 6902(D)
Crimes that are cause for licensing actions listed in 16 V.S.A. § 1698(1)(B)-(D)
In addition to the above disqualification, it is the discretion of the Superintendent to accept or not accept specific individuals as volunteers, and all decisions related to the continuation of a volunteer’s service. The Superintendent's decision on these matters is considered final.
Steps to Becoming a Volunteer
Please email our Human Resources Department by emailing email@example.com to get the process started. You will be asked to complete several forms in person and present valid identification. If your volunteer opportunities require that you need to be fingerprinted, the process will include more tasks and associated required fees.