Seattle Public Schools is grateful for each parent and community member who contributes to the success of students.
We have thousands of volunteers who work in a variety of capacities in Seattle Public Schools.
There are many ways to volunteer.
Read about volunteer opportunities.
Seattle Public Schools recognizes the valuable contribution by volunteers. In order to provide students with a safe environment and allow for a variety of opportunities for volunteering. All volunteer work must be done under the direction of an assigned teacher, site volunteer coordinator, principal or vice principal. You also have the option to email, scan or fax your completed PDF application directly to the school. Contact the school for additional information.
You can read the SPS Volunteer Policy No. 5630 here.
Getting Started as a School Volunteer
Volunteering Check List
Complete the Volunteer Application Packet (4 Pages) Once a year. Applications are available below or you can ask the school or dept. for a copy of the Application Packet
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- If you already viewed the video in the past you do not need to view it again. However please note page 4 and your coordinator will confirm that your name is on the completed list.
- If you have NOT viewed the video in the past then please click on the link above --> watch the video --> when prompted by the video enter your full name and select your school --> then print/screenshot the certificate or note the date on page 4 so your coordinator knows you completed this step and can confirm your name is on the list.
Turn in your application to the school or dept. volunteer coordinator/contact.
The Volunteer Coordinator/Contact will ask to view your ID and run a background check.
- A background check is mandatory once each school year. We appreciate your patience with this process.
- Depending on the type of volunteer position you are applying for you might need to undergo a more intensive background checking process. You coordinator will be able to assist you with additional information about this policy.
Please note: While all volunteers must be screened through the background check (WATCH system). A criminal history does not automatically disqualify one from volunteering in the schools. Learn more about screening and criminal history background checks.
While you are waiting for approval please read the Volunteer Handbook for additional info and tips to consider while volunteering with SPS.
Additionally you may be required to do one or more of the following:
Volunteering at a Specific School
If you are interested in working with a particular school, please contact that school directly. Visit the SPS School Directory webpage for contact information.
Not all schools have a Volunteer Coordinator, but all schools have someone able to respond to people interested in being a volunteer in their school or programs.
Volunteer as a Coach
Looking to volunteer as an athletic coach? As a volunteer athletic coach you are required to attend the in-person ASM training and print with a background clearance through OSPI instead of a WATCH clearance. Coaching Application
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.
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 the SPS buildings and grounds
- Complements programs taught in our schools,
- Is completed to district standards, and
- Provides record drawing.
For a Self Help Application for project, Contact Program Manager Gretchen DeDecker
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: our Community Partnerships webpage.
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 connect volunteers. Just take a quick look below to learn about our various on-going projects and programs: http://seattle.ciswa.org/help-out/volunteer/
Watch our video with some of our outstanding volunteers!
Also on Vimeo at vimeo.com/107772866
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