Parental/Guardian involvement is a critical component of your child’s educational success. Pinecrest Academy prides itself on the success of our students and therefore requires that parents/guardians become active stakeholders in their child’s future.
All Pinecrest Academy Parents/guardians are asked to complete thirty (30) volunteer hours, or the equivalent, per academic year. All parent/guardian volunteer hours must be completed prior to the last day of school. It is the responsibility of the parent to communicate with their child’s teacher(s) to complete the hours.
Hours will be divided evenly for siblings. (TWO siblings: 15 hours per classroom, THREE siblings: 10 hours per classroom, etc.) Please make sure donations and volunteer hours are evenly distributed per child attending Pinecrest Academy South.
Due to mandates from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, all parents wishing to volunteer must participate in the School Volunteer Registration Program and must be cleared through Miami-Dade County Public Schools before permission to volunteer is granted. This mandate includes clearance for volunteers in school events such as book fairs, fundraising activities, and assemblies. For overnight fieldtrips, additional requirements such as fingerprinting and drug testing will be necessary. Please keep in mind that parents chaperoning fieldtrips must not consume beverages containing alcohol. Children who are not enrolled at Pinecrest Academy are not permitted on campus during school hours and may not attend school field trips.
Parents may complete hours by any of the following:
• Become a P.A.L.S. member
• Attend P.A.L.S. meetings
• Assist with school events
• Classroom teacher assistance
• Field Trip chaperone**
• Donate supplies/food for school fundraising events
• Teacher Wish List donations
• Guest Speaker
**Parents who attend “Fee-based” field trips will receive volunteer hours for the time spent at the destination per student who attended. Fee-based field trips refer to trips in which parents must pay their way. In other words, the parent’s fees are not included as part of the volunteer hours.
Procedures for volunteering on campus:
2. Contact the classroom teacher to determine the date, location and approximate time of service.
3. The classroom teacher must provide the office staff with the volunteer information at least 24 hours prior to the visit.
4. Present valid identification to the office staff in order to obtain a visitor’s pass.
In order to ensure the safety of all of our students, PARENTS/VISITORS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED BEYOND THE MAIN OFFICE WITHOUT A VISITOR’S PASS. NO EXCEPTIONS.