Before You Volunteer

  • Dear Westchester Families, 

    Westchester is privileged to have many involved families who are able to show their support through volunteering in our school.  Volunteering may include:  helping in the library (checking books in/out, or shelving returned books), working in classrooms (reading to kids, leading a small group, or clerical work), attending a field trip or special event to help supervise groups of kids, or serving on our P.T.O. board.  We are so appreciative of those who are able to donate the gift of time, and thank you for considering how you may show your support this year. 

    We wanted to make you aware of a policy in the Kirkwood School District regarding volunteering in Kirkwood Schools.  Anyone wishing to volunteer in our schools must complete a background check through our KSD Human Resources Department.  If you anticipate volunteering at WE, and you haven’t already completed this process, you might want to begin now.  If you were approved last year, there is nothing you need to do at this time to renew your volunteer authorization. 

    The process includes the following steps:

    1. Print and complete the Volunteer Application at http://westchester.kirkwoodschools.org/files/_HGKRk_/6560d7dcc1dc00a83745a49013852ec4/Volunteer_Application.pdf  and submit it to the KSD Human Resources office at 11289 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122
    2. Authorize the Kirkwood School District (KSD) to complete a background check by registering with the Family Care Safety Registry at http://health.mo.gov/safety/fcsr/ (There is a $12.00 fee to register with the Family Care Safety Registry.)
    3. If you are already registered with the Family Care Safety Registry due to volunteering in other organizations, please email Christina Testa, in HR, at christina.testa@kirkwoodschools.org to confirm
    4. The Human Resources Office will contact you with the results of the approval process within 3-5 days.  They will alert our office that you may begin volunteering and we will note it in your student's information file


    NOTE:  Even if you are already registered with the Family Care Safety Registry, you will still need to fill out the KSD Volunteer Application and submit that along with your ID to the Kirkwood Human Resources Department.  Background checks are good for multiple years, but must be completed before a volunteer can be left unsupervised by a staff member.

    Thank you in advance for considering showing your support by volunteering at WE, and we appreciate your understanding of our safety procedures. 

    Respectfully,

    Robert Ricker
    Principal