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1004.30 Visitors and Volunteers

The Board welcomes the interest of parents and other members of the school district community and invites them to visit the buildings and sites and consider volunteering to support District initiatives.

Volunteers are individuals who, without compensation or expectation of compensation, perform a task at the direction of the District. Volunteers are not District employees. Volunteers may provide voluntary service on an ongoing or continual basis or may provide a one-time or occasional unpaid service.  Volunteers are subject to the procedures outlined in the Volunteer Handbook, including but not limited to passage of a criminal background check.

Visitors, which include persons other than employees, students, volunteers, or student teachers who are present on District grounds must follow the posted visitor procedures when entering a District facility.

Persons who wish to visit a classroom while school is in session are asked to notify the principal of the building in which the classroom is located and obtain approval from the principal prior to the visit so appropriate arrangements can be made and so class disruption can be minimized and security measures are in place. Teachers and other employees will not take time from their duties to discuss matters with visitors.

Visitors will conduct themselves in a manner fitting their age level and maturity and with mutual respect and consideration for the rights of others while attending school events. Visitors failing to conduct themselves accordingly may be asked to leave the premises. Children who wish to visit one of the District’s facilities other than the school, if any they attend during school hours must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

It is the responsibility of employees to address inappropriate visitor conduct in accordance with District policies, including reporting inappropriate conduct to their supervisor(s) and/or other designated District staff when warranted.

The District has the discretion to temporarily alter and/or suspend the admittance of visitors and/or volunteers to District facilities without notice, provided that such action is not undertaken for an unlawful purpose.

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 716.7 Cross Reference:


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Reviewing the Background Check Results of Individuals Applying to Visit and/or Volunteer in an Ankeny Community School District Facility and/or with an Ankeny Community School District Activity

The Superintendent/designee shall use this framework to evaluate whether an individual applying to volunteer for the District with a past criminal conviction should be disqualified, on the basis of that conviction alone, from being approved as a volunteer. The Superintendent/designee retains discretion to deviate from this framework in keeping with law and policy to ensure the safety and well-being of the school community.

Likely Approve Consider Approval (If offense was at least 5 years prior to volunteer application) Consider Approval  (If offense was at least 10 years prior to volunteer application) Likely Not  Approve
Traffic citations/offenses
(other than person crime)
Underage Drinking X
Disorderly House X
Public Intoxication (consider number & time frame) X
Public Urination X
Drug Crime: Possession, one misdemeanor offense X
Interference with Official Acts (simple misdemeanor) X
Assault X
Drug Crime: two or three misdemeanor offenses X
Weapons Charge (consider number & time frame) X
Interference with Official Acts (aggravated misdemeanor) X
Willful Injury X X
Trespass (felony) X
Forgery (felony) X
Identity Theft (felony) X
Criminal Mischief (felony) X
Theft (felony) X
Burglary (felony) X
Drug/OWI crime (felony) X
Drug Crime: More than three misdemeanor offenses X
Harassment 2nd X
Interference with Official Acts (felony) X
Sexual Assault (including Assault with Intent to commit sexual abuse) X
Lascivious Acts X
Invasion of Privacy X
Indecent Exposure X
Child Endangerment X
Child Neglect X
Enticing X
Homicide (Involuntary, Vehicular, etc.) X
Stalking X
Harassment 1st X
Robbery (1st or 2nd) X
Terrorism X
Intimidation X
Kidnapping X
Arson X