Volunteer Application & Guidelines
For the safety of our students, anyone entering our campus (both LMS and LMMS) past the front desk area at any time during the school day (8am-3:15pm) must be an approved volunteer. This includes eating lunch with the students at LMS, Tuesday morning visits at LMS, volunteering during the school day at either campus, attending field trips, etc.
To Become a Lakeland Montessori Approved Volunteer:
- Use this Volunteer Application
- Make sure to put Lakeland Montessori as the second address (besides your own) for a clearance letter to be mailed to. The address is Lakeland Montessori, 1124 N. Lake Parker Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805. Once we receive your clearance letter we will add you to the school approved list.
- All volunteer applicants will be required to undergo a level 1 criminal background screen every five (5) years.
- Active and sworn law enforcement officers with arresting power, current Polk County Public Schools employees and registered Polk County Public Schools students and college students majoring in education are EXEMPT from paying the $25.00 background check fee, but must reapply yearly. In order to be added to the approved list, email a copy of verifying documentation, such as your badge number OR an employee/student ID badge to
Volunteer Clearance Requirements
Because Lakeland Montessori Schools values student safety and security, prior conduct may disqualify a volunteer applicant. To meet the required search criteria of Section 943.04351, Florida Statutes, for information regarding sexual predators and sexual offenders, schools must complete a criminal background screen. Accordingly, per Polk County School Board guidelines, applicants will not be approved as school volunteers for the following reasons:
- Convicted of or had adjudication withheld for any felony offense, at any time;
- Convicted of or had adjudication withheld for any misdemeanor within the past three (3) years; or
- Any pending criminal charges of a crime that would disqualify the applicant from employment with Polk County Public Schools.
Lakeland Montessori Schools Approved Volunteer List
- To see if you are on the Lakeland Montessori approved volunteer list check here. This list will be updated on a weekly basis.
Lakeland Montessori believes that the school’s partnership with families is a key to student success and to the success of the overall program and will help determine to what degree performance standards will be attained. Active family participation is strongly encouraged. Enrollment is a parent/student cooperative choice, wherein parents/guardians contractually agree to be responsible for their child’s abiding by the rules and regulations applicable to attendance, classroom participation, and behavior. In order to be automatically re-enrolled for the next school year, parents will be required to fulfill the terms of a contract requiring a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service per year to the School, indicating the manner in which they will become involved in their children’s education and the school’s operations—such as school volunteers, mentoring programs, skills training, special events, and extra-curricular activities. This requirement is per family and can include grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc.
Family involvement in school matters is possible at many levels. Parent volunteers are welcomed to participate in the daily life of the school and on various committees. We also invite parents to contribute their knowledge to our educational program through coming to the school to work with small groups for cooking, science experiments, gardening, sewing, and any other special skill you would like to share with the students.
There are three types of volunteers:
- At school when the students are present – This type requires approval by the Polk County School District which includes a background check. Since the initial process is not done by us, it can be lengthy. Please visit our front office to apply if you are considering participating in this manner.
- At the school while children are not present – These volunteers may be more comfortable helping the school with clerical work, yard work, gardening, serving on committees, etc. There will also be several Saturday work days scheduled for those families that would like to help with school projects.
- At home helpers – Throughout the year help is needed for cutting, folding, sorting, calling, etc. These tasks can be done from home and still count toward meeting your parental volunteer requirement.
Many volunteer activities in the school are organized through official school emails that are posted with various items that need help to complete. Classroom volunteering and take-home projects are also organized by the teachers, please contact the teacher personally via email or phone in addition to checking their newsletters for volunteer opportunities. In order to volunteer in the classroom and ensure the safety of our students, an application for a background check must first be completed and fully processed. If you have already been approved as a volunteer at any school in Polk County, you will not be required to reapply. To enable volunteers to work with students in the classrooms, the school will provide training in the curriculum areas where volunteers are needed.