- When you hear and observe things about students, families and staff while volunteering, it is imperative that you respect the confidentiality of that information. (Repeating a seemingly harmless comment can lead to misunderstandings and hurt feelings.) For schools to provide the best environment for learning, everyone’s privacy must be respected.
- Volunteers function in a position of trust and the Pittsburg Unified School District does not extend that volunteer/student trust relationship outside of the supervised school environment. It is the responsibility of the volunteer to notify the site administrator immediately if he/she becomes involved with a student/family outside the PUSD environment.
- Volunteers are not considered “mandated reporters” under California law, but volunteers should be aware of child abuse report requirements for school employees.
- School personnel must report:
- Cases of suspected infliction of physical or mental suffering on minor,
- Cases of suspected physical injuries to minors by other than accidental means, and
- Cases of suspected sexual molestation.
If you become aware of suspected child abuse, report your observations to your supervising teacher or site administrator.