Completed forms should be returned to the Hillsmere Elementary School office.
Everyone who applies to be a Volunteer/Chaperone for AACPS, upon approval, must view the Sexual Harassment/Child Abuse Training Video prior to the volunteer/chaperone having access to students. Failure to do so will result in a disapproval status for access until such time the video is viewed.
Per the Anne Arundel County Public School System, successful completion of a criminal history background check is required before any person has uncontrolled access to students, either on or off school property. Uncontrolled access to students is defined as a person having responsibility for a student or students while not in the direct and continuous view of an AACPS employee. Uncontrolled access to students can occur over extended periods, such as a group of students being overseen by a chaperone during a field trip. Uncontrolled access to students can also occur for brief periods, such as when a teacher steps out of the room while a volunteer provides reading mentorship.
A request for a commercial background investigation must be completed online*, with a minimum of ten (10) business days allowed for processing. Only one background check is required for each person, regardless of how many students the applicant has enrolled in AACPS locations. For example, a guardian with a student in elementary, middle school and high school, need only successfully complete one commercial background check request. Applicants are required to acknowledge information contained in this advisement before applying for a background check, and applicants who are not approved will be notified by school officials. Disapproved applicants seeking additional information can contact the Office of School Security, 410-222-5083, for additional information contained in criminal history record.
*Person without personal computer access may access this process on a school computer or use computers in a public library.
Commercial background checks are valid for two calendar years. AACPS, however, retains the discretion to require a subsequent background investigation for any volunteer within that two-year period. AACPS additionally retains the exclusive right to revoke volunteer authorization for derogatory information coming to the District’s attention during the two-year period.