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    We would never- ever- have a parent driving for a school event. And frankly if a parent is clean and neat and kind- I don't care what they do in their spare time when they are giving of their free time handing out doughnuts in a crowded gymnasium. Are you seriously afraid they are going to get your kid hooked on meth? I have so so much more faith in my kids. Don't you guys live in the community? You know in the real world you can't make this fake bubble of perfect land, right? What on earth are your kids going to do when they have to encounter real people, lol?
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    Reading all this makes me glad for our system, any volunteer anywhere, school, church, sports, etc has to hold the blue card which covers all the required checks. Because they are needed for so many things most people have one, the only people exempt are teachers (registered ones) and police because they have checks that qualify them already and processes in place that they can prove the checks have been conducted.
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    I come from a little bitty town where no one even locks their doors, so I know that I am a little too trusting of people sometimes. But it just seems like to me that if someone really wants to molest children they could find a much easier way than volunteering at a school where other people are usually around and they could easily be caught. I just think the chances of it happening are very very low.
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    I dont think this has anything to do with how much faith I have in my kids (not sure how you can be sure you have so so much more faith?)
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    Because I don't have this irrational fear I see you guys have. It's a mind boggling phenomenon and it is not statistically rational. So either you can't read stats or you do t have faith in your children to tell you if something fishy is going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Because I don't have this irrational fear I see you guys have. It's a mind boggling phenomenon and it is not statistically rational. So either you can't read stats or you do t have faith in your children to tell you if something fishy is going on.
    Wow, cant read stats? Nice

    I am actually not worried about volunteers. It is not really even on my radar. I can see where parents would like to know that the people around their kids are generally good people that make good life choices. I dont think parents are paranoid because they want to use a tool that could help protect kids.
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    We're not talking about volunteers handing out doughnuts in a crowded gymnasium (which wouldn't happen here because the school doesn't allow doughnuts and we don't have a gym) because those things don't require a volunteer badge. We're talking about one-on-one time with students -- the people who do reading support and math homework help and who help with school projects when a kid doesn't have a parent who will do it. We are talking about the people who are tucked away in a private corner of the classroom with one student while the teacher is focusing his attention on the rest of the class doing something else. I don't think that person is going to hurt my child or get her hooked on meth in that amount of time, but I don't want her to view every single parent at school as to-be-trusted helpers as she does the staff and registered volunteers. If there an emergency and we were separated or I was unconsious, would I want her to think this particular person would protect her? No. I do not. And the fact that they can't get a volunteer badge supports that decision.
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    I do have to say that I believe a volunteer orientation is more important to me then a background check.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    We're not talking about volunteers handing out doughnuts in a crowded gymnasium (which wouldn't happen here because the school doesn't allow doughnuts and we don't have a gym) because those things don't require a volunteer badge. We're talking about one-on-one time with students -- the people who do reading support and math homework help and who help with school projects when a kid doesn't have a parent who will do it. We are talking about the people who are tucked away in a private corner of the classroom with one student while the teacher is focusing his attention on the rest of the class doing something else. I don't think that person is going to hurt my child or get her hooked on meth in that amount of time, but I don't want her to view every single parent at school as to-be-trusted helpers as she does the staff and registered volunteers. If there an emergency and we were separated or I was unconsious, would I want her to think this particular person would protect her? No. I do not. And the fact that they can't get a volunteer badge supports that decision.
    Wow. Parents here don't do any of those things. They bring snacks to classes and help decorate for parties and do fundraisers and work at school events, but there's no one-on-one help for kids from other people's parents or random volunteers. I have never even heard of that.
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