Thank you for your interest in volunteering in Albemarle County 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.
The Albemarle County School Board supports and encourages the active participation of parents and members of the community in providing and extending educational opportunities for children. The involvement of parents and others in the community who can serve as a resource to schools is a fundamentally important component of successful school programs. The administration of each school will direct, through established written guidelines, the activities of parents, volunteers, and other community resources at the building level. (Refer to School Board Policy IICB/IICC, Community Resource Persons/School Volunteers.)
Here are some of the many ways to volunteer in our schools:
- Tutor an individual or a small group of students in an academic subject.
- Mentor a student and motivate the student to excel.
- Be a Lunch Buddy.
- Share your special skill, hobby, collection or story to enrich the curriculum.
- 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 on a class field trip.
- Devote your computer or communications skills to school newsletters, web sites, or other publicity.
- Lead the PTO 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!
Interested in Volunteering?
Volunteer Requirements & Guidelines
While the division values and supports volunteers and volunteerism, school personnel are directed to take reasonable precautions to see that students are safe while in school and that volunteers are not privy to personal, sensitive or confidential information about students or staff. All volunteers prior to service must be screened, upon registering to be a volunteer, against the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry. (Refer to School Board Policy KN, Sex Offender Registry Notification.)
Each time they visit a school, volunteers must sign in through the visitor management system in the school's main office and receive a volunteer or visitor badge.
Volunteers work under the direction and supervision of school personnel and should know and follow school policies and our Volunteer Code of Conduct (see below).
Volunteer Code of Conduct
As an Albemarle County Public Schools volunteer, I agree to abide by the following code of conduct:
- I will sign in at the school’s main office immediately upon arrival.
- I will wear or show volunteer identification whenever I am volunteering in a school.
- I will follow the directions of the building administrators, teachers, and/or appropriate staff members.
- I agree to conduct myself in a professional, respectful manner at all times. I understand that the volunteers are role models for students, and will conduct myself accordingly.
- I understand that Albemarle County Public Schools has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion of all students. I will uphold those policies and values while volunteering. I will not share my personal or political views with students while volunteering. If I have any questions about this, I will ask the teacher or principal.
- I will share with teachers and/or school administrators any concerns that I may have related to student welfare and/or safety.
- I will use only adult bathroom facilities.
- I will not transport students.
- I will not possess weapons of any type while on school property or during school events off premises.
- I will not possess or use tobacco or any nicotine-related products and will not possess or be under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or illegal drugs on school property or during school events off premises.
- I understand that in the course of volunteering, I may learn private or sensitive information about students, families, or staff. I agree to maintain confidentiality outside of school. I will not share information that I learn about students or staff with anyone except to carry out my volunteer duties and as outlined in this code of conduct.
- I agree not to exchange telephone numbers, home addresses, e-mail addresses or any other home directory information with students for any purpose unless it is required for my volunteer role. I will exchange home directory information only with parental and administrative approval.
- I agree to take reasonable and appropriate action to prevent the commission of an illegal or immoral act.
- I agree not to engage in sexual harassment of students, other volunteers, or school employees. I will avoid having inappropriate contact with any student, whether or not on school property, which includes all forms of sexual touching, sexual relations, or romantic relations, any touching which is unwelcome by the student or inappropriate given the age, sex, and maturity of the student. I will refrain from touching or hugging students, even if the student instigates the physical contact.
- It is my duty to refrain from using school information technology equipment, hardware and software or internet access for other than a school related purpose.
Albemarle County Public Schools
401 McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902