Getting Involved





Getting Involved

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Policy 700.04 – School Volunteers



Board Policy

  1. The Board recognizes that students and schools benefit from the services of school volunteers. Therefore, the Board authorizes the District Administration to provide opportunities for schools to receive volunteer services through parent school support associations/organizations, School Community Council, school/business partnerships, senior citizen organizations, and other groups and individuals with an interest in promoting quality education.  Individuals who serve in authorized volunteer programs or who volunteer at the request of a school administrator, teacher, or other employee shall be considered a “volunteer ” as defined in Utah Code §67-20—Volunteer Government Workers Act.    
  2. The Board delegates to the Superintendent and District Administration to establish administrative regulations consistent with this policy, subject to review and approval by the Board.



School Volunteers - 700.04-1

  1. The Superintendent’s designee shall:
    1. Provide leadership in planning volunteer services and programs to meet specific goals or purposes identified by the Board of Education and the Administration.
    2. Maintain records on school volunteerism and report accomplishments to the Board of Education and general public as requested.
    3. Maintain the volunteer application system and screen applicants for supervised volunteers.
  2. The school principal shall be responsible for volunteer programs at the local school. The principal may use the services of a school volunteer coordinator as necessary.  The principal and/or school volunteer coordinator shall:
    1. Use the volunteer resources available through parent organizations, school business partnerships, senior citizens, retired personnel, student volunteers, community volunteers, university students and staff members, and others as opportunity permits.
    2. Assure that volunteer resources are directed toward goals that have been agreed upon by the faculty, School Community Council, parent school support association/organization, etc.
    3. Maintain appropriate records of volunteer services.
    4. Prepare an annual report on volunteer services for the person assigned to coordinate District volunteer services.
    5. Principals will designate whether a volunteer is supervised or unsupervised volunteer. Principals will contact HR to initiate a criminal background check for unsupervised volunteers.  
  3. Supervised Volunteers: Supervised volunteers will be screened and approved prior to giving supervised volunteer service in schools.
  4. Unsupervised Volunteers: A criminal background check shall be  cleared prior to giving volunteers significant unsupervised access to students.
    1. Upon receiving a request from the principal, the Human Resources Department shall initiate the background check.
    2. The potential volunteer shall be fingerprinted and sign a waiver facilitating a search of the FBI criminal records database.
  5. Confidentiality
    1. School volunteers may be given access to student educational records in connection with their volunteer services.
    2. Volunteers must maintain the confidentiality of all student educational records. This means that volunteers may not disclose student records or personally identifiable student information to any person other than the supervising employee or building administrator.
      1. Inadvertent access of student educational records must be immediately reported to the supervising employee. Volunteers must never take any confidential information off campus.
    3. Failure of any volunteer to maintain the confidentiality of student records may disqualify the volunteer from further service in the District.





Document History

Revised – 12.6.2016.  Policy – 700.04 – Volunteers was revised to add language regarding the circumstances requiring criminal background checks and confidentiality provisions for school volunteers.      

Adopted – 11.14.1995.

This online presentation is an electronic representation of the Canyons School District’s currently adopted policy manual. It does not reflect updating activities in progress. The official, authoritative manual is available for inspection in the office of the Superintendent located at 9361 South 300 East Sandy, UT 84070.

Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

Specialty Schools

High Schools

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

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