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    SPS Volunteers

    Seattle Public Schools is grateful for each parent and community member who contributes to the success of students.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Seattle Public Schools engages thousands of volunteers every year in many different capacities. We encourage parents, family members, and community members to volunteer with us! Read about current 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

    STEP 1:

    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

    Step 2:

    View the Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention - online course (click here)

    • If you already viewed the video in the past you do not need to view it again. Please make a note on page 4 in the Volunteer Application Packet (additional notes section) that you have already completed the video 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. 

    STEP 3:

    Turn in your application to the school or dept. volunteer coordinator/contact.

    STEP 4:

    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, or your residency history, you may be required to complete an online background check and pay a $31 vendor fee, or in rare cases more *.
    • Background check processing may take up to three weeks, depending on your residency history, your name (more common names take longer to clear), and other factors. If the volunteer opportunity you are interested in has a specific deadline, please plan ahead.

    * Your background check will most likely cost $31. However, you may incur an extra charge of $5-$20 (a few counties in NY charge $65) if you lived in one of the following states: AR, CA, CO, FL, LA, ME, MI, MS, NE, NH, NV, NY, OH, SD, TN, WV, WY, VT. This is because 4% of jurisdictions charge their own fee for providing background check services 

    Please note: While all volunteers must be screened through the background check, a criminal history does not automatically disqualify one from volunteering in the schools. 

    STEP 5:

    While you are waiting for approval please read the Volunteer Handbook for additional info and tips to consider while volunteering with SPS.

    Additionally, if you are applying to volunteer during a field trip, you will be instructed to also review relevant check lists and guidelines:

    Bring a copy of your driving record from Department of Licensing


    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:

    Watch our video with some of our outstanding volunteers!

    Also on Vimeo at

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    Volunteer Compliance Office
    Ania Beszterda-Alyson
    Volunteer Services Program Administrator
    P. 206-252-0631

    For questions about volunteering at Seattle Public Schools, contact the school or site you want to volunteer at. 

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