Parent Teacher Association

Parents and Teachers Working Together

Training for Volunteers

September 2017

Dear Parent/Guardian(s):

At Running Brook we are lucky to have so many generous families who are able to volunteer their time in the school building and as chaperones on field trips. Without your assistance we would not be able to provide our students with so many wonderful opportunities.

One of our goals in Howard County is to keep our students safe. The law requires any employee of the Howard County Public School System or school volunteer to make an immediate oral report of suspected child abuse and / or neglect. If there is ever a time that you feel that a circumstance calls for a report, your school’s counselor or administrator can help you through the process.

If you volunteer in our school or think that you might volunteer or chaperone in the future, please view the slide presentation found on the RBES and PTA websites on the responsibilities of reporting child abuse and neglect and sign the electronic document at the link provided. If you do not have access to a computer, printed slides and a signature sheet will also be located in a binder in the front office. In order to be considered for a chaperone on any field trip or volunteer for any activities, you must have viewed a child abuse prevention presentation and completed the online form or sign the sheet in the front office. This has to be done every school year. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Deborah Finkelstein, NCC, LCPC
School Counselor
Running Brook Elementary