Volunteer opportunities abound. You may ...
  • be an Art Docent
  • help with art projects
  • be a reading partner
  • assist in a health room
  • be a coach for Math Olympiad, sports, or other school teams
  • assist in planning for or working at special events
  • serve with your school PT(S)O
  • and a variety of other opportunities
What you need to know about the online Volunteer Application procedure
 
This procedure applies to:
  •   All new volunteers
  •   Volunteers who completed the application process in the fall of 2014 or earlier
Note: Volunteers are authorized to work in any BISD school for two years from the time of approval. After two years the application procedure must be repeated. If you were approved to volunteer between January 2014 and the end of the 2015-16 school year, you do not need to renew yet.  

All new or renewing volunteers need to provide a copy of their driver license or photo ID (with birthdate) to:

Erin Jennings, BISD Community Relations & Communications Coordinator

8489 Madison Avenue NE

Bainbridge Island, WA 981110

or

Take the copy to any school office and ask that it be forwarded to the Community Relations office

or

scan or photo and email it to ejennings@bisd303.org

When you click on the online application link below, the process will include:

  1. A link to the online orientation and training
  2. Review and assessment of the volunteer’s knowledge of the training
  3. The three required forms: a.   Application; b.  Agreement; and c.  Disclosure and Consent
  4. Some background information
  5. The age group with whom or school at which you are interested in volunteering, and the areas of your skills or interests.

What happens next? After volunteers conclude the entire application process, BISD does a Washington State Patrol Request for Criminal History, as authorized on both the application and disclosure and consent forms.

When all of these elements are complete, BISD adds the individual to the comprehensive list of approved volunteers and notifies the school(s).

Thank you for completing the online Volunteer Application.

*Volunteer Drivers: 

  • If you will be volunteering at a school and to drive students to a school activity, complete the above and then the B.I.S.D. Volunteer Driver Checklist (VDC). Be certain to place a check and fill in the first request: "I completed the Volunteer Application Process: Yes_____on (date)_______.
  • If as a volunteer you will only be driving, complete the online VDC, and check the "I will only be volunteering as a driver and not engaged in any other volunteer responsibilities: Yes___."
  • Required: In addition to your driver license, please also submit your auto insurance card. 

When are fingerprints required? Any volunteer who will have any amount of ongoing unsupervised contact with students should follow these directions for a fingerprint record check.

When is a Hold Harmless Agreement needed? For some volunteer opportunities, such as helping to weed or work on the grounds of school properties, you will need to complete a Hold Harmless Agreement.

Questions & Answers

Do volunteers have to apply at each school?

No. With completion of the volunteer application procedure and approval, volunteers are permitted to serve in any school or district program.   

For how long is the volunteer approval valid?

Volunteers are authorized for two years from the time of approval. After two years, the application procedure must be repeated.

How long does it take to be placed on the comprehensive list of approved volunteers?

It typically takes two weeks for the clearance process to be completed.

Will a volunteer be notified when they have been approved?

No. The schools listed on the application are notified when the volunteer is approved. The district does not have the resources to notify each volunteer.

What is the volunteer and visitor screening technology?

All schools use the Raptor system, which includes: the scan of a national sex offender database that provides another layer of security for our students and staff; printing of a volunteer badge; and when you check in and out, a record of the hours and categories of volunteer service.  The school administrative secretary will add you into this screening system when you first volunteer.

How do volunteers check in and out at each school?

Staff in the main school office advise you. You will need your driver license when you check in for the first time. They will direct you to a check-in / check-out kiosk computer to use the above noted volunteer and visitor screening technology.

Why do I have to check in and out when I volunteer?

  • You will receive a name badge, which you should wear each time you volunteer. This allows all staff to recognize you as an authorized volunteer / visitor.
  • The new volunteer screening system compiles hours and categorical tasks, which are used for volunteer program reports.
  • It lets staff know where you will be in case of an emergency.

If fingerprints are required, for how long are those valid?

 
Paralleling staff procedures, fingerprints for volunteers will remain valid until they have not volunteered in the district for six months or longer.
 
Please review the Volunteer Handbook 2014 and learn about the possibilities, rules and requirements, and procedures.
 
Who can I contact if I have questions about the volunteer program or application process?

Please contact the district Community Relations Coordinator: 206-780-1398 or ejennings@bisd303.org, 8489 Madison Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

 
Thousands of volunteer tasks, thousands of volunteer hours - read some Volunteer Program Reports: 
 
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