Volunteer Opportunities

    


Volunteer for Battle Ground Public Schools


We encourage you to volunteer your time in our schools. Volunteers help out in all of our schools - from kindergarten to high school - taking on a variety of roles to help our students succeed.


You don’t need teaching or professional experience to volunteer. The most important qualification is a genuine interest in helping our students and teachers maximize their potential.


Recruitment and placement of volunteers is done at the school building level. Community volunteers frequently connect with a school that is close to their home or place of work or choose an age level of students they prefer. Before you contact one of our schools about volunteer opportunities, please complete the Clearance Process below.


What volunteers do:

  • Mentor students
  • Chaperone activities
  • Assist teachers
  • Help out in the office

Qualifications and Volunteer Clearance Process instructions


Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and complete the clearance process, which includes a Washington State Patrol criminal history background check. Volunteer clearance must be renewed every two years.  
Please allow 7-10 business days for clearance.


Clearance Process

  1. Read the Volunteer Handbook/Expectations agreement.
  2. Complete the online Volunteer Application, which includes the Volunteer Disclosure Form.
  3. Bring your valid photo identification to any school office or the District Office for verification. If you are an Oregon resident, Oregon State requires a payment of $10 for clearance. Please make checks payable to Battle Ground Public Schools and attach it to your drivers license.
                a. You must present your valid identification in person. After you have presented your                            identification, please allow 7-10 days to process the background check. 

Persons interested in volunteering in Battle Ground Public Schools must complete the Volunteer Clearance Process prior to being assigned to a volunteer position within the district.  The information disclosed through the Clearance Process will be used only to determine eligibility to volunteer and will not be used or disseminated for any other purpose. During the Clearance Process, the district collects the following documentation:


CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECK - Battle Ground Public Schools requests Washington and Oregon State Patrol (WSP/OSP) records of criminal convictions for felony crimes within the last ten (10) years as well as any offenses against persons, civil adjudication of child abuse, and disciplinary board final decisions from the WSP/OSP criminal identification system.  If the WSP/OSP report shows evidence of a criminal history background and we are unable to consider you for volunteering in Battle Ground Public Schools, you will be notified by mail. Volunteers are welcome to request a copy of their WSP/OSP report from the Battle Ground Public Schools district office. WSP/OSP Criminal History Background records expire after (2) years from the date of issue.  At that time you will need to renew your clearance. 


VOLUNTEER DISCLOSURE FORM - This form (which is included in the online Volunteer Application), is required by law in order to be in compliance with RCW 43.43.830, RCW 43.43.832 and RCW 9.96A.020. 


VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK/EXPECTATIONS AGREEMENT - By submitting your application to volunteer for Battle Ground Public Schools, you verify that you have read and understand the expectations and appropriate behaviors while working as a volunteer with BGPS students and staff. 


PHOTO IDENTIFICATION - Upon completion of your volunteer application, you will be required to present your valid identification in person to a district staff for verification. 


If you have any questions about the Volunteer Clearance Process, please contact the office staff at any school or the Battle Ground Public Schools volunteer coordinator at (360) 885-5306. 


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The Battle Ground Public Schools provides equal opportunity in programs and employment and does not discriminate based on the basis of race, color, national origin/language, creed/religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, HIV/Hepatitis C status. The district provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Contact the following regarding questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Teresa Taylor, Director of Student Services, taylor.teresak@battlegroundps.org, Title IX Compliance Officer, (360) 885-5415; Linda Allen, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, allen.linda@battlegroundps.org,Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, (360) 88-.5481; or a letter may be submitted to the designated coordinator at the Battle Ground Public Schools, PO Box 200, Battle Ground, WA 98604.