Thank you for your willingness to give your time and talents to the benefit of Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools. Volunteers provide opportunities that help us enhance the educational experience for students. Whether you volunteer one hour per week, one hour per year, or for specific events or activities, your sense of citizenship and commitment to education are appreciated.
As stated in Board Policy 6:250, the Board of Education supports and encourages the use of volunteers to:
- Enhance students’ educational attainment;
- Provide enrichment experiences for students;
- Increase the effective utilization of staff time and skills;
- Give more individual attention to students; and
- Promote greater community involvement.
The Board and District promote the use of school volunteers while maintaining a safe and secure environment for the students, to the extent applicable.
The school principal or designee will select and assign volunteers within a school building. If a staff member, other than the Principal, recruits someone to act as a volunteer, the staff member must receive authorization from the Principal in accordance with Board Policy 6:250. The principal or designee shall assign volunteer opportunities on the basis of an individual’s qualifications and availability and the school’s needs. A volunteer shall serve under the supervision of an assigned staff member.
This handbook is designed to help you make a smooth transition into your volunteer responsibilities. It outlines the District’s volunteer policy, includes a copy of the volunteer form, and highlights some standard procedures for volunteers. It is our hope that you will derive a great deal of personal satisfaction from your time in our schools.
All volunteers shall abide by the applicable district policies and procedures, including, but not limited to, all sign-in and identification procedures and the confidentiality, safety, reporting, and harassment policies. Volunteers are also expected to attend any applicable training sessions as a condition to serve.
For additional information, please contact the school principal.