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Beaverton School District
Beaverton School District

Beaverton Schools

Volunteer Handbook

This handbook is designed to help volunteers understand the important role that they play in supporting students and staff. It includes information on volunteer dos and don’ts, policies, practices and procedures that volunteers must follow to ensure the safety of students and adults in our schools.

Volunteering in the Beaverton School District

The research is clear about the role of parent, family and community involvement — it makes a significant difference in student achievement. BSD is fortunate to have a very supportive and engaged community that understands and appreciates the important role education plays in the overall health of our community.  


We are All Part of a Team

Volunteers work under the direction of school principals, teachers, staff members and school volunteer coordinators. By agreeing to volunteer, we can:

  • Relieve teachers of many non-teaching duties and tasks.
  • Assist teachers in providing more individual help and instruction to students.
  • Strengthen relationships and understanding between schools and families.

School volunteer coordinators at elementary, middle and high schools work with principals, teachers, staff and the district Volunteer Services Coordinator to support school and student needs with volunteer help. They recruit, interview and place volunteers, as well as offer or arrange for training, as needed.    

Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTOs)/Parent-Teacher Committees (PTCs) operate independently from schools but within the parameters of school and district policy. These parent groups work with principals, teachers, staff members and the district Volunteer Services Coordinator to organize, support and fundraise for extracurricular and enrichment activities for students and families.

School principals have the final authority over what happens in their schools, including the volunteer program and parent group activities. Principals are responsible for setting guidelines for volunteers and developing a positive working relationship with volunteers.

The Beaverton School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of the Beaverton School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veteran status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment.