Benicia Unified School District encourages parents to get involved at their student’s school site. Board Policy 1240 states the qualifications and strategies for volunteers. For the safety of all students, we want to clarify BUSD’s protocol for parents and family members attending field trips/events.
Any parent, guardian, and/or family member who attends a field trip, in any capacity (chaperone, visitor, etc.), must be fingerprinted and cleared as a volunteer, even if you will not be directly supervising students. All volunteers need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. If you are not fingerprint-cleared through BUSD, you will not be able to attend field trips or school events.Please know, once you are fingerprinted and as long as you don’t leave our District, you do not have to be fingerprinted again; it is good until your child(ren) exit 12th grade.
Additionally, please remember for safety and liability purposes, non-student siblings are not permitted to be in classrooms when their parent volunteers. .
To be cleared as a school volunteer, you must provide the following:
- TB clearance
- Covid 19 vaccination verification
- Fingerprints-once completed good for BUSD through 12th grade
- Completed all volunteer forms
- Proof of vehicle insurance if driving on field trips
The Health Officer Order issued by the State of California on August 11, 2021 requires all school workers to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week. The California updated covid framework for school dated 6/22 states, “the vaccine verification remains in effect for workers in school for the 2022-2023 school year”.
BUSD, like most in California, requires volunteers to show proof of covid vaccinations. Due to the large number of parent volunteers in our District, we do not have the capacity to test, track, monitor and process weekly test results for unvaccinated school volunteers as part of the required State Health Officers orders, therefore covid vaccinations are required to participate as a volunteer.
We love our volunteers and chaperones, and could not do what we do without you. Thank you for your understanding in this important safety matter. A volunteer form is available below and at all of our school sites.