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Coaches Clearance

  • SSFUSD Handbook For High School Athletics Coaches and Administrators


All coaches, including paid employees and volunteers, must be completely cleared to work directly with student athletes.  New coaches must set up a meeting with Human Resources to complete paperwork and to sign up for Livescan fingerprinting at the San Mateo County Office of Education.  The following items must be fulfilled before a coach is authorized to work with athletes. 




  1. A General Coaching Education Course.   The most commonly utilized courses are


  1. A Sports specific Concussions Course. The most commonly utilized course is the:

Concussion in Sports offered through NFHS


  1. Current . 
  • School site provides a CPR/First Aid training for all coaching staff free of charge at the end of the spring season every other year (2 year certification)
  • Can also obtain CPR/First Aid certification through an outside source or any online certification course (ie. - - fee required ($39.95): with proof of payment reimbursement available from specific sports program or athletic department.
  1. District Forms
  • Livescan results verifying the background check must be received by Human Resources
  • CIF Coaching Principles course successfully completed
  • Negative TB test results submitted (must be renewed every four years)
  • Proof of current CPR and First Aid certifications
  • NFHS Life Coaching Clearance – Principals of Coaching
  • Coaches for the swimming teams must submit proof of current Water Safety certification


  1. Upon hire, district-mandated course requirement

Needed by Paid Head Coaches / Assistant Coaches:



Returning coaches with no lapse in employment need to ensure that their TB, CPR, First Aid, and Water Safety (if applicable) are current.  Cleared coaches will be provided with an ID badge from the district office and are expected to wear this ID at all times when working with our student athletes.  If any clearance item for a coach expires during the season, he/she must cease working with athletes until all items are up-to-date.  There are no exceptions.


Volunteer Coaches


Many teams rely on volunteer assistants. These positions are unpaid.  All volunteer coaches must follow the District procedures for applying as a volunteer with the District Office which includes fingerprinting.  The required forms can be obtained through the school office or from the District Office receptionist.  Volunteer coaches are not allowed to have contact with students until their volunteer application has been approved by the District Office.


Volunteer Packet