Volunteering at Seattle Public Schools
The Volunteer Management Department
The Volunteer Management Department provides support and guidance to schools to help them facilitate their parent and community engagement programs. We have thousands of volunteers who work in a variety of capacities in Seattle Public Schools.
These volunteers - parents, guardians, grandparents, business/community partners, community members, the military, K-12 and college students, senior citizens, and others - represent the economic, social, racial, religious and educational backgrounds within the Seattle community.
Seattle Public Schools Policy No. 5630 recognizes the valuable contribution by volunteers. In order to provide students with a safe environment and allow for a variety of opportunities for volunteering, volunteer participation is classified into three categories. Depending on the category, certain screening processes must be completed by district staff prior to volunteering.
1. Getting Started:
All schools are asked to designate a school site volunteer coordinator. All volunteer work must be done under the direction of an assigned teacher, site volunteer coordinator, principal or vice principal. Volunteers must comply with the district's volunteer screening requirements.
Community members interested in volunteering should:
- Contact the school to ask to speak with the volunteer coordinator, School Directory.
- Comply with appropriate volunteer screening requirements.
- Complete and return a school volunteer application.
- Read and acknowledge understanding of the Volunteer Hand Book
If you are interested in working with a particular school, please contact that school directly. Not all schools have a Volunteer Coordinators, but all schools have someone able to respond people interested in being a volunteer in there school or programs.
2. Complete Forms
There are two forms that you need to complete and submit directly to the school or program with which you would like to work. These can be found on this site at the links below, or can be provided by the school.
The Volunteer Application offers the school important contact and emergency information as well as some specific details about your interests and experience so the school can find an appropriate role for you.
The two-sided Screening Form requests information about criminal background and authorizes Seattle Schools to complete a background check through the Washington Access to Criminal History (WATCH) system. This is an important step in ensuring the safety of our students.
*Please note: While all volunteers must be screened through the WATCH system, a criminal history does not automatically disqualify one from volunteering in the schools. Learn more about screening and criminal history background checks.
3. Self Help Projects
The Self help Projects Program is any project to improve our school buildings or grounds which is initiated and implemented by anyone, or any group, other than staff from Seattle Public Schools' Facility Operations, Capital Projects or Technology departments.
Some examples are:
- Painting a classroom
- Volunteer work-parties to weed and mulch landscape areas
- Community volunteers' service day
- Installing new playground equipment
- Creating a mural
- Developing a school garden
- Landscape renovation
- Developing a conceptual master site plan
All Self help projects require prior approval by the Seattle public Schools Self Help Team to ensure that each project:
- is appropriate for our buildings and grounds,
- complements programs taught in our schools,
- is completed to District standards, and
- provides record drawing. Self Help Application for project Contact
4. Communities in Schools of Seattle
Are you looking for ways to meet people, get involved, and give back to your amazing community? Our goal is to connectvolunteers
Mission: Seattle Public Schools is committed to ensuring equitable access, closing the opportunity gaps and excellence in education for every student.
Vision: Every Seattle Public Schools' student receives a high-quality, 21st centrury education and graducates prepared for college, career and life directly into the community through various opportunities. Just take a quick look below to learn about our various on-going projects and programs:
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5. Welcome to School and Community Partnerships
Seattle Public Schools believes it is vital to engage families and community members in the life of the school as a community center of learning. To learn more visit: http://bit.ly/communitypartnerships