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FAQ for Volunteers

What roles do volunteers perform in our schools?

Volunteers fill many different kinds of roles from shelving library books to assisting in the classroom to tutoring children. We place volunteers in all grades, from pre-kindergarten to high school, and in all subject areas. We also place volunteers in after school programs at the elementary and middle school level. You will choose an opportunity that interests you. Go to our Opportunities page

How often do I volunteer? 

It depends on the role you fill. If you are tutoring children, we ask that you come at least weekly for about an hour for a full semester. Other roles,such as mentoring, require a much larger time investment, and others may be a one-time event, such as speaking about a specific topic.

When do I report to my placement? 

You will arrange your placement schedule with the teacher. We will match you with a teacher's request that suits your interests and availability.

What if I take a trip or get sick?

Teachers are generally flexible and accommodate accordingly. It's important to let teachers know as far in advance as possible if you will not be volunteering on a particular day.

Do I have to be screened? 

All volunteers are screened, but at levels that are appropriate for the role they are performing. For the majority of volunteers who are working with children in a classroom setting, the only screening requirement is completing a registration form and meeting with a member of the staff. Volunteers who are working off-campus one-on-one with children need more intensive screening. Find out more about roles and the required screening-levels (PDF).

Is training required for all roles?

We provide training for several volunteer roles, but teachers provide on-the-job training for many other roles.

What should I do when I enter the school building?

You should always go to the office or visitor's desk and sign in before going to your classroom. This helps the school staff know who is in the building. Many schools ask volunteers to keep their name tags at school and pick them up upon arrival. Because each school varies, ask your teacher about...
  • directions to the classroom upon entering the building
  • the protocol for entering a classroom while he or she is teaching
  • where to place your belongings
  • which restrooms to use

How should I dress when volunteering in the schools?

Comfortable clothes are recommended. The elementary schools have many "hands on" activities that take place on the floor or in a garden with lots of creative (and usually messy) materials. T-shirts and jeans are acceptable, but should not have holes or display logos for alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances. Remember the students will be looking at you as role models, so please dress within generally accepted guidelines. Call the Volunteer Office if you have specific questions concerning dress. Always wear your name tag when in the school!

How will I know if the schools are open on days with bad weather?

Call the district office at 967-8211 ext. 28317 for updated, recorded information about school closings. You can also check the Alert section at the top of the district home page.

Can I list my volunteer experience on my resume?

Employers and admission offices often like to see that their applicants have had past volunteer experience. You can certainly list your volunteer work on your resume. For references you should first ask the teacher that you are assigned to if they would be willing to serve as a reference for you. On your resume you should list the school you volunteered at, the teacher you worked with, and his or her contact information.