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Volunteering at Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools is grateful for each parent and community who contributes to the success of students. We have thousands of volunteers who work in a variety of capacities in Seattle Public Schools. There many ways to volunteer. 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. 
All volunteer work must be done under the direction of an assigned teacher, site volunteer coordinator, principal or vice principal.

Volunteering Check List: Complete these first.
Volunteer Application
 Background check (WATCH)Screening Form
 Volunteer Handbook English,
Adult Sexual Misconduct online course
Volunteer Policy. 5630 (Volunteers):

Additionally you may be required to:
• Get fingerprinted as a volunteer
Overnight Chaperone Application Form
Volunteer Driver Checklist
• Bring a copy of your driving record from Department of Licensing

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.

*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.

volunteer photoVolunteer Photo

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 
Program Manager (Gretchen DeDecker):

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: 

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: 
Watch our new video Mission, Vision & Core Belieft Statements

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 century education and graduates prepared for college, career and life.

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