Volunteer opportunities abound. You may ...
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
About the online Volunteer Application procedure:
This procedure applies to:
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.
All new or renewing volunteers need to provide a copy of their driver license or photo ID (with birth date) to:
Erin Jennings, BISD Community Relations & Communications Coordinator
8489 Madison Avenue NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 981110
Take the copy to any school office and ask that it be forwarded to the Community Relations office
scan or photograph it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the online application link below to do the following:
Read the online orientation and training.
Review the volunteer’s knowledge of the training
Complete the required forms: a. Application; b. Agreement; c. Disclosure and Consent
Complete the background information
Indicate the age group with whom (or school) you are interested in volunteering, and the areas of your skills and interest.
NOTE: Please do not use Internet Explorer to fill out the application, It seems to cause a glitch and the application ends up in limbo. Chrome is the preferred browser. Thanks!
What happens next?
After volunteers conclude the entire application process, BISD performs 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.
- If you will be volunteering at a school and will also 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 submit your automobile insurance card.
Questions & Answers
Do volunteers have to apply at each school?
No. With the completion of the volunteer application procedure and approval, volunteers are permitted to serve in any school or district program.
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.
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 Raptor 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.
Are staff required to go through the same process?
Since staff have already gone through a background check and required annual training, staff are not required to do the same process as non-staff volunteers. Staff should email the following:
- Their full name
- Their email, if it is different than their first initial and last name
- School(s) / departments / location(s) where they work
- School(s) where they would like to volunteer
NOTE: Staff are not allowed to volunteer in the same capacity as their paid employment.
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.
Who can I contact if I have questions about the volunteer program or application process?
Please contact the district Community Relations Coordinator: 206-780-1081 or email@example.com, 8489 Madison Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.
Thousands of volunteer tasks, thousands of volunteer hours - read some Volunteer Program Reports: