The new Northern California Conference policy for field trip drivers for any school function where you will be transporting students who are not your own and those who volunteer on a consistent basis, is that you must sign on to Shield the Vulnerable ( http://www.shieldthevulnerable.org/) and take the appropriate training, as well as give your license number and authorize a background check if you intend to be a driver on field trips. I understand that the online training that is required is taking some parents in excess of an hour to complete. This goes for the elementary classes and the Essentials program as well.
Some of you have completed the required course to drive on the Pathfinder camporee. If you are in this group, you need to sign back in to Shield the Vulnerable ( http://www.shieldthevulnerable.org/) and go to the "Affiliations" section, where you will be able to add the school to your list of affiliations, and you will be done.
For the rest of you, please sign in immediately and complete this training and background check as soon as possible.
When you go to the site and click on "First Time Sign-up," You will need the following information:
Organization: Seventh-day Adventist
Union: Pacific Union
Conference: Northern California
When it asks for an affiliation, you should choose the school on the drop down menu, and you can select other entities while you are there, such as church, pathfinders, etc.
These background checks cost the school $25 for each driver, so please only do this if you plan on being a driver for field trips.
Finally, each driver will need to provide the school with a current certificate of insurance for your car.
The good news (yes there is good news!) once you pass this training and background check, it will be good for three years, with the exception of the insurance certificate which is required each year!
Thank you so much for your cooperation on this issue. I know it is a pain . . . but it is for the protection and safety of our kids . . . . truly a worthy endeavor!