Thank You for Your Interest in Volunteering in Our Schools!
Parent involvement and community support are vital to the well-being of the Sunnyvale School District and, in particular, to each of our students who benefit from the personal attention that volunteers can offer. On any given day, hundreds of parents, grandparents, and community partners volunteer their time, talent, resources, and knowledge on our campuses. By volunteering, they are expressing a deep commitment to education and support of the District's primary goal - to increase student achievement.
What Can Volunteers Do?
Volunteers contribute in areas such as mentoring, tutoring, fundraising, enrichment programs, along with office and classroom assistance. There are numerous volunteer opportunities within our District. Here are just a few of the ways volunteers serve our students every day:
- Working with small groups of students in our classrooms
- Assisting students in the media centers
- Working one-on-one to reinforce basic skills in math, reading, and spelling
- Assisting in reading programs such as Reading Partners
- Assisting in our computer labs
- Assisting with science labs and projects
- Working with special education students
Getting Started as a Volunteer
In order to meet requirements for volunteering in public schools, as outlined in the Calforina Education Code, the following procedures will need to be followed:
1. A Tuberculosis (TB) Clearance must be on file prior to any services rendered to the District. A TB Clearance is done at the volunteer's expense and is valid for four (4) years. Volunteers may choose to either have a TB skin test or a TB risk assessment done for the required clearance.
2. Fill out the Volunteer Information Form (annually) and return it along with your TB Clearance to the school site where you will be volunteering.
3. A valid California Driver License or ID card will be required for identification purposes.
4. The District encourages all volunteers to take the online Mandated Reporter training. To register for this valuable training please select the following link: Mandated Reporter Training Registration. The District suggests using your home email for your Username.
5. The District also encourages volunteers to review the District's Volunteer Assistance Board Policy and Regulation along with the District's Expectations of Volunteers document below.
6. A fingerprint clearance will also be required if volunteers will be working one-on-one with students or volunteering in our preschools.
7. Completed Volunteer Information Packets will be forwarded from the school site where the volunteer has applied to the District Office for approval. If all the requirements have been met, the Human Resources Department will notify the school site when volunteers are cleared to begin services. Approval may take up to three (3) weeks. Please plan accordingly.
Additional Requirements Needed to Volunteer to Drive Students on School Field Trips or to Sporting Events
In addition to requirements 1-7 above, the following forms are required to be completed, and on file in the school site office, prior to any volunteer being permitted to drive students on school field trips or to sporting events.
Smoking is not permitted on our campuses. Sunnyvale School District's Tobacco-Free School Board Policy and Regulation is below for your review.
A complete Volunteer Information Packet may be picked up at the school site where you will be volunteering or by downloading it below.
For more information about volunteering for the Sunnyvale School District please contact:
Volunteers are not paid - not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!