DMPS District Volunteer Policy

Series 800

Code 860

Title: Volunteers


The Des Moines Public Schools Board of Directors promotes and encourages the ongoing and active use of volunteers to help further develop parental, community, and civic involvement with school sites while at the same time ensuring an appropriate level of safety and security in our buildings. Volunteers are recognized as an important component of a successful and comprehensive school program design by enriching and expanding the educational opportunities available to the students of the Des Moines Public Schools.

All prospective volunteers must complete a volunteer application and consent to a background check including but not limited to screening for assault, felony convictions, child and dependent abuse charges.

A volunteer is defined as a non-paid person functioning within the policies of the Des Moines Public Schools Board of Directors who shall serve under the immediate supervision and discretion of the professional staff to whom he/she is assigned.

The Des Moines Independent Community School District will provide a fair, supportive and non-discriminatory environment for all volunteers and will not discriminate against volunteers or prospective volunteers on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or socioeconomic status.