Volunteers & Chaperones
SMA welcomes cadet families and community members to visit and volunteer on our campuses; however, campus safety is a number one priority for the Sarasota Military Academy.
Visitors and volunteers are required to follow the Sarasota County School district's procedures. From the district's website, here is some specific information about getting clearance to volunteer at either the Prep or SMA High campus:
All campus visitors must show a valid driver's license and obtain a visitor badge from the front office.
ALL volunteers and chaperones MUST be approved through the Sarasota County Volunteers Count Database.
- Volunteers must be registered and approved prior to volunteering or chaperoning trips
- Once registered, volunteers must reactivate their volunteer status each school year
- Volunteers and chaperones must obtain a visitor badge, as well as, sign in/out in the Volunteers Count Database in the main office
Level 2 Clearance is necessary for coaches and volunteers who chaperone overnight trips and/or transport cadets in a vehicle. This clearance is also necessary for those who will have a one-on-one interaction with a cadet or group of cadets, such as a mentor, where an SMA staff or faculty member will not be present. To obtain a level 2 clearance, fingerprinting is required. To set up an appointment for fingerprinting, the volunteer must have a Level 1 Clearance.