Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB). This information is provided as a guide while volunteering.
Please review the following carefully and ask any questions that may arise. We want the time you spend volunteering to be a positive experience for all.
Relationships: For the protection of all, the relationship between you and any student you become acquainted with through volunteering at WSSB must be kept appropriate at all times. Continuing your volunteer relationship through out-of-school contact, such as phone calls, home visits, or visitations to your home, social events, office, vehicle, or activities is not permitted without specific approval from the superintendent and/or prior written parental permission. This prohibition, of course, would not restrict out-of-school contact with students who are family friends or known to you through community contacts.
Appropriate Touching: Handshakes, “high five”, are the only safe and friendly ways to touch a child when you are volunteering. For some children, or for some cultures, even these gestures may be unwelcome. No child should be subject to unwelcome touching no matter how well intended. If a child ever inappropriately touches you, please inform the staff member overseeing the event right away.
Communication: WSSB provides equal opportunity in programs and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin/language, creed/religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender identity, disability, the use of a service animal, age, marital status, or military status. Contact Human Resources at (360) 947-3311 regarding questions and complaints of alleged discrimination; or a letter may be submitted to Human Resources, 2214 E. 13th Street, Vancouver WA 98661.
Confidentiality: As a volunteer you must respect and maintain confidentiality in regard to personal information obtained regarding a child or his/her family with certain exceptions. Reasonable suspicion of abuse, neglect, sexual harassment, illegal or dangerous activities should be shared with staff. Be assured they will follow up on the information.
Discipline: Any discipline of a student should be left up to a staff member. Physical punishment is never permitted.
School Safety Plan: In the event of an emergency while you are on site (fire, earthquake, etc.) you need to be familiar with the safety plan of the location you volunteer in.
First Aid: Occasionally emergencies happen while you are working with students. Volunteers are not expected to perform any type of first aid. If a medical emergency occurs please contact the nearest WSSB staff member. Please be aware of universal blood and body fluid precautions.