Montgomery County Public Schools is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all students. If children do not feel safe, they are far less likely to learn, thrive, and succeed. That is why in June 2015, the Montgomery County Board of Education approved significant changes to Policy JHC—Child Abuse and Neglect. The policy guides Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) procedures and protocols for recognizing, reporting, and preventing suspected child abuse and neglect of students. The revisions to Policy JHC outline strategies for ensuring that:
All employees understand and are held accountable for the highest ethical standards in their conduct, as well as adhering to legal mandates and the moral imperative to recognize, report, and prevent suspected child abuse and neglect;
Children and vulnerable adults who are alleged victims of abuse and/or neglect are supported;
Human resource management systems and processes for screening new and existing employees are developed;
Professional learning for MCPS employees is developed and implemented; and
Opportunities are provided for parents, outside contractors, volunteers, and the broader community to develop awareness on recognizing, reporting, and preventing abuse and neglect of children and vulnerable adults.
MCPS values the volunteers who work in our schools to enrich our students’ experiences. As a community, we are mindful of our shared responsibility to create safe, nurturing environments for our students. This training provides guidance for volunteers to help keep students safe.
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Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) welcomes volunteers to support the essential needs of the schools. Volunteers and partnership agencies are required to complete certain compliance measures in order to volunteer within our school district.
Beginning September 20, 2021, volunteers will be required to upload their Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination to remain on the volunteer roster. The User-Guide on how to access both module requirements and how to access and upload the Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination from the state Department of Health will be available on the Child Abuse and Neglect and the Volunteers websites.
Please review the Volunteer/Contractor Vaccination Attestation Update for details on this process.