Volunteers at PALS One will have a significant level of interaction with students, yet will still be supervised by the classroom teacher. Their main responsibilities are to assist with small group instruction in math, language arts or any of the additional core subjects as needed. Volunteers at this level would be asked to go through some basic training.
Volunteers at PALS Two will have the greatest interaction with students and could potentially be left unsupervised with students. However, they will not be permitted at any time to be alone with any one student. More than one student or another teacher must be in close proximity (for instance, the volunteer may work with a student in the hall -- a public thoroughfare -- with the classroom door remaining open). They could provide the same assistance as a Level One volunteer. Yet the main responsibilities of these volunteers include: after school tutoring, working with students in class who need individual assistance, substitute teaching, and chaperoning field trips. Training would be required for volunteers at this level.
Volunteers at this level will be required to be fingerprinted and have a background check in accordance with Utah Law 53A-3-410. Volunteers whose background check shows convictions for any class A misdemeanor or felony, including pleas in abeyance and diversion agreements(or the equivalent from another state) will not be permitted to be a PALS Two volunteer however; they may be allowed to be a PALS One volunteer. These background checks are done at the volunteer’s expense. Complete detailed information regarding these procedures is available upon request.