Frequently Asked Questions

  • What roles do volunteers perform in our schools?

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    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 levels. You may choose an opportunity that interests you. Go to the Opportunities for Volunteers page.

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  • How often do I volunteer?

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    It depends on the role you fill.  For most roles, we ask that you come at least weekly for about an hour for a full semester. Some roles, such as mentoring, require a much larger time investment.  A few roles may be a one-time event, such as speaking about a specific topic.  You may choose an opportunity that suits your schedule.  

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  • When do I report to my placement?

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    You will arrange your placement schedule with the teacher, based on their request and your availability.

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  • What if I take a trip or get sick?

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    It's important to let teachers know as far in advance as possible if you will not be volunteering on a particular day.

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  • Do I have to be screened?

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    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).

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  • Is training required for all roles?

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

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  • What should I do when I enter the school building?

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    • Check in at the front desk
    • The first time you come to the school, you will need to scan your driver's license or other acceptable ID into Ident-A-Kid
    • Please wear your volunteer nametag at all times while on school property
    • Ask the receptionist at the front desk for directions to the classroom
    • Once you get to the classroom, the teacher should review procedures and protocols
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  • How should I dress when volunteering in the schools?

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    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 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. Ask your teacher if you have specific questions concerning dress.

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

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    Please check the front page of the district website.  There will be an alert if schools are closed or delayed.

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