Volunteering and Visiting CPS

  • The safety and well-being of our students, staff and volunteers is our number one priority. Parent and community volunteers enhance the educational experience and we value everyone’s time and support. 

    Missouri law now requires school volunteers who will be alone with students, unsupervised by CPS employees, to have criminal background checks that include fingerprints before volunteering and interacting with students.  Fingerprint records are submitted to the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a search of criminal history files and will come with a cost to the volunteer.  

    Volunteering and visiting CPS procedures are updated with Missouri law changes.  We determine by definition if someone is visiting (under supervision of a CPS employee) or volunteering (alone with students).

    Volunteers:  Any individual who assists the district on an uncompensated basis and who is unsupervised by a CPS employee while with students. These individuals may volunteer to assist with student activities before or after school, and chaperone students on day field trips or overnight field trips.  

    Visitors: 
    These individuals may be on school grounds to interact with their child(ren) or attend activities such as classroom parties or assemblies.  They may also be assisting the school with supervision by a CPS employee such as a room parent for classroom parties, mentoring or tutoring students, assisting the office with making copies or some other similar activity.  Visitors do not require a background check.


    A few things to note about visiting CPS:

    • Visitors are under the direction of the building principal. 
    • Visitors sign in/out school buildings. 
    • Visitors wear a mask at all times inside the buildings. 
    • Visitors are not able to eat with students (due to mask rules). 

    Volunteers shall act in accordance with district policies, regulations, and school rules. Volunteers and visitors are under the direction and control of the building principal. The building principal may ask volunteers and visitors to leave the campus if they violate a school rule.  Volunteers shall maintain the same confidentiality standards expected of certificated personnel and exhibit the ethical behaviors of a professional. Volunteers shall not have access to confidential student files or records.  Volunteers will be covered under the district's liability insurance policy while performing services sponsored by the school or the district.

    Volunteer program questions may be directed to the Office of Community Relations at cpscomm@cpsk12.org or (573)214-3960.

    Thank you for your support of the community and Columbia Public Schools. Your contribution makes a difference!