The Annotated Code of Maryland is very clear about the need for criminal background checks for school employees and volunteers. The purpose of the policy is to protect our children and our school.
Prudent practice dictates that we have background checks done for volunteers on our campus (or extensions of our campus) who will have substantial contact with children under the age of 18 years.
Substantial contact is defined as: Contact with children in which the duration and scope in both time and exposure to children is neither rare nor limited and may occur in a routine and/or ongoing basis. This includes all overnight activities with children. Examples of service to the school which will require persons to meet our volunteer screening requirements are chaperones on school trips, sales assistants in the school store, drivers to extracurricular events, and so on.
If you believe that you are likely to volunteer at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in a context that would involve substantial contact with students, please begin the process by completing the Application for Volunteer Service and return the application to us at school as soon as possible.
Note: Volunteers are permitted to serve while the reference check and criminal background screening are being performed. Continuance as a volunteer is contingent upon results of these screenings being acceptable to the School.
Volunteer Screening Information
All persons seeking to volunteer at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School must complete the screening process outlined above. We do not accept clearances gained elsewhere.
Good Counsel takes the matter of your privacy seriously. All volunteer personnel information is kept confidential and stored in a secure location.
If you have questions related to background checks, please contact Evelyn Nicholas, Human Resource Manager.
If you have questions about a specific volunteer opportunity or the status of your placement within a particular activity (e.g. music trip, service trip, etc.), please contact the coordinator of the activity directly.