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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.

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Choose the way that you want to volunteer.
Choose what’s right for you!

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Volunteering doesn’t mean that you must come every day.
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Volunteering doesn’t mean that you must stay at school all day.
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Volunteering doesn’t mean that you must volunteer all year. 
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Volunteering does mean that you want to be involved in your child's school experience.
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Volunteering does mean that you’re committed to doing your part to make your school and community a better place to live and grow.

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.

How to Get Started

The Volunteer and Background Check Application can be found on the district’s website under the Community tab. 

By completing either the Parent/Guardian, Community Member or Youth application, you’ll create a profile that will help you update and manage your volunteer activities.

All volunteers need an approved profile prior to volunteering with BSD.

  1. Select an application
    Please click on the link for the appropriate application, either the Parent/Guardian, Community Member or Youth application. Select “I am new to”
  2. Username and password
    Please select a username and password with a minimum eight characters, including at least one upper and one lower case letter, and at least one number. Please save your username and password as they’ll be needed to login at the school. You’ll be asked to read and agree to follow district Confidentiality and Volunteer Guidelines. 
  3. Create your profile
    The About You section on the application includes information needed for the background check. This information is only available to District Volunteer Services Coordinator and Public Safety Office. Under the Volunteer Interest Section, include all schools where you would like to volunteer. Click on the 
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     for more information on specific questions or required agreements.
  1. Background check confirmation
    You’ll receive a confirmation email after your background check is complete and your profile is matched with the school(s) that you selected.
  1. Volunteer!
    Through your volunteer profile, you’ll be able to sign up for activities, record hours and email the school’s volunteer coordinator.