There are many ways to contribute to your child’s education and school community. Volunteering is a great way to stay connected. We value the contribution of all our volunteers and appreciate their time spent supporting our students, staff and Catholic education.
A Criminal Background Check AND completion of an Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) training module are requirements of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board for all volunteers. The board’s Volunteers policy and all the necessary forms is available online at: APO001 The Use of Volunteers in a School Setting
Criminal Background Check
A form you obtain at the school is taken by you to the Waterloo Regional Police Service Headquarters (200 Maple Grove Road, Cambridge), and a records search based on the information provided, is performed by police. The records check centre is open Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Call (519) 653-7700, ext. 8900 for further information.
In subsequent years, the volunteer must sign the board’s prescribed Offence Declaration in order to keep the Criminal Background Check current.
All volunteers (parents, guardians, grandparents, etc.) require a Criminal Background Check. If you do not have one on file at the school at the time of the event (e.g., class trip), you will not be permitted to participate. Such events/activities include, but are not limited to: class trips, field trips, excursions, classroom volunteers and volunteer drivers, coaches, various reading or other unsupervised curriculum program assistance.
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (A.O.D.A.) Training
The government of Ontario requires all school volunteers to complete an online AODA training module prior to performing volunteer duties. Once a volunteer completes the online training, a message will be automatically sent to the school’s Administrative Assistant acknowledging completion. Please complete one training module for each school at which you wish to volunteer.
- How do I access the online training?
- What if I don’t have a computer or require accommodation to take the training?
The online training can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection. If you do not have a computer at home, you can use a public computer (such as your local public library) or come to the school and we will provide one for your use.
- What if I require accommodation to take the training or need other assistance?
If you require any assistance, please contact the school. We will arrange a solution that meets your needs.