Sign up now as a new VOLUNTEER for 2016-17.
RETURNING VOLUNTEERS do NOT need to register again:* If you registered and were approved in 2015-16 through Volunteer Connect, you will be emailed on your application’s 1-year anniversary notifying you that your background check has expired and needs to be renewed. At that point, if you’d like to continue volunteering, you will need to sign back in to SPS Volunteer Connect and update your profile. There will be a mandatory question asking if you would like to continue volunteering. Please update your interest areas, as well as any changes to your contact information or schools where you’d like to volunteer. If you are no longer interested in volunteering, please sign in and indicate this on your profile so that we will discontinue our emails to you. * At any point during the year, you can go into your Volunteer Connect account through App-Garden and change your preferred schools, your preferred activities, and your contact information.
Click here for the 2016-17 Volunteer Handbook, which includes information for a successful volunteer experience.
Volunteer Connect provides instant online matching to connect your talents & interests with specific school opportunities.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering in Suffolk Public Schools!
Every day, students and teachers across our school division benefit from the generosity of volunteers who take the time to share their talents with our children. The countless tasks performed by volunteers are vital to the continued operation and success of our schools. Sharing your life experiences, memories, technical know-how, or friendship with a young person can make a huge impact on a student’s life and achievement.
Volunteers sign in at the school’s main office and receive a volunteer or visitor badge each time they visit a school.
Volunteers work under the direction and supervision of school personnel and should know and follow school policies and rules, which include maintaining confidentiality of student and school information. These are explained in the Volunteer Handbook you will receive when you sign up to volunteer. Like faculty, staff and students, volunteers may not use tobacco products on school property.
- Report to the office to sign in and out.
- Obtain and wear an identification badge provided by the school while volunteering.
- Follow directions of school staff, recognizing that instructing, supervising, grading and disciplining students are the responsibility of the school staff.
- Work collaboratively with school staff to develop and choose appropriate activities aligned with your talents.
- Communicate with designated staff members to obtain clear expectations, directions and to give feedback on volunteer activities.
- Adhere to the Suffolk Public Schools’ Code of Conduct and Volunteer Guidelines.
Code of Conduct
- DEPENDABILITY: Be responsible for your scheduled times and notify the school if you are not able to meet your commitment.
- RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY: Respect the authority of the school and the school administration.
- CONFIDENTIALITY: Do not discuss matters concerning students with anyone but the designated school staff.
- IMPARTIALITY: Do not favor any side or party in school situations.
- OBJECTIVITY: Do not allow your personal feelings to enter into your work as a volunteer.
- APPEARANCE: Dress appropriately, always remembering that you are setting an example for students.
There are many ways to volunteer in our schools! Here are some ways you can help:
• Tutor an individual or a small group of students in an academic subject.
• Mentor a student and motivate him/her to excel.
• Share your special skill, hobby, collection or story to enrich the curriculum.
• Translate and interpret for our families who are non-native English speakers.
• Assist a teacher in the classroom.
• Help with clerical tasks so the teacher can focus on instruction.
• Catalog, shelve, mend or recommend books in a school’s library media center.
• Chaperone a class or club field trip.
• Devote your computer or communications skills to school newsletters, web sites, or other publicity.
• Lead the PTA or a Booster Club.
• Sponsor or assist with an extracurricular club.
• Mulch, rake, weed, paint or otherwise beautify a school campus.
• Prepare food for hungry and appreciative students and faculty/staff.
• Ask if there is anything else you can do!