Henry County Public Schools Volunteer Process
Henry County Public Schools requires that a full background check be processed for any person wanting to act as a volunteer within the school system. For Henry County, the background check process has two steps. The total cost for the entire background check process is $26.95. Effective October 1, 2022, background checks will increase by $2.50 to a total of $29.45. Once completed and approved, all background checks are effective for three years. To ensure there are no delays, please complete both portions of the volunteer process simultaneously.
Central Registry Background Check
This portion of the background check is conducted by the Virginia Department of Social Services. The Central Registry form must be completed, notarized, and returned to a school or the central office. The overall cost is $10.00 which must be paid by a cashier's check or money order.
Criminal Background Check
This portion of the background check is offered online and must be completed along with the Central Registry background check. The cost is $16.95 which is paid online by a credit or debit card. Effective October 1, 2022, Background Investigation Bureau, LLC (Secure Volunteer) will be increasing the cost of the online criminal background check to $19.45. Secure Volunteer will archive your results in 90 days of submission. It is imperative that you submit the Virginia Department of Social Services form at the same time to ensure results are received prior to your criminal background results expiring.
After the Process has been Completed
After both portions of the process have been successfully completed, results will take at least 6 weeks to be received. If the person submitting is approved, they will receive an email (to the email provided in step two of the process) stating they are now a Henry County Public Schools volunteer; they will also receive a visitor's badge in the mail upon approval of their application. Additionally, while waiting for the visitor's badge in the mail, the email can be used as a temporary visitor's pass; just print it and bring your government ID to the school to volunteer. The volunteer badge will be mailed by Secure Volunteer/BIB within 7-10 business days after receiving the email.
There is no way to expedite the background check process; it takes at least 6 weeks for the background checks to be returned. Please be aware of this when planning to attend all field trips or volunteering/chaperoning opportunities throughout the school system.