Originally Posted by One_Girl
If you are a regular volunteer you do have to go through those things at my dd's school, but if you just volunteer once in a while you don't. I would rather they were more stringent about letting parents volunteer because I don't like the idea of having my dd or my students sent off alone on a field trip with someone who has a history of violence against children. I think it is right to put children's safety first. I also don't see what shortage of money has to do with volunteering or why someone would laugh about their children's school having very little money to purchase material students need to learn. Schools follow mandatory safety regulations and they have no control over where the TB testing, photo id, and government run background checks are done. I think it mean spirited to laugh in a teacher's face just because you don't like that your school district takes measures to make sure kids are safe.
Anyone who has fulfilled the requirements to demonstrate that they won't harm children should be able to volunteer. The school district, instead of accepting the teacher certification which indicated that she'd had the proper background checks, decided to be stubborn about having new and duplicate information. That means it's likely that there is other administrative stupidity happening in the district, wasting time and money, and I would refuse to help that district out in any way.
Now, if a specific teacher had a need for help with supplies for the classroom, I'd probably help him/her get those materials. But I wasn't talking about the teachers, I was talking about the school district that clearly needs to fire an administrator or five and free up funds for people who can actually think to do their jobs.