One Time or Ongoing – You Can Make a Difference!
Whether you have children just starting out in elementary, teenagers ready to graduate, or no children to enroll, we encourage you to consider volunteering in our schools. The volunteer program is an integral part of the educational setting – working with staff, students, parents and community members to achieve the highest quality education for students.
Becoming a Volunteer
Since July 2013, to ensure the safety of our children, we require comprehensive background checks for all volunteers. As is the case in neighboring school districts, volunteers will be responsible for paying for the background checks, but they will be “valid” for three (3) years. The fee is $14.00.
We recognize the important role our volunteers play in the success of our children and understand the fee may be burdensome financially, but feel strongly that the safety of our children must continue to be our top priority. Your understanding and cooperation are much appreciated.
Those with a valid and acceptable background check will be contacted for volunteer opportunities.
To pay with cash or check click here to download a background check application from.
*Please note if you are planning to become a Substitute professional at Sauk Rapids-Rice, please complete the Professional Background Check Application Here.
When You Arrive to Volunteer
Check in with the program staff or school office. Please be sure to wear your volunteer badge. Remember to record all volunteer hours on your Volunteer Time Sheet. This is important for the Volunteer Program’s record-keeping and recognition events.
Adult/staff restrooms are available for volunteer use in every school. We ask that volunteers do not use student restrooms.
Please be prompt and dependable. The staff and students will be expecting you on the days you are scheduled. If you are unable to make your volunteer assignment , please contact the program staff as soon as possible. You are important!
Your immediate supervisor is the staff person you are assisting. Please bring any questions or concerns you might have, to that person.
Volunteers’ dress and behavior should serve as good examples for students. Appropriate conversation and dress is important. If you have a question or concern in this area, please check with the program supervisor.
Some of your out-of-pocket expenses connected with volunteering, mileage for example, may be tax deductible. Check with your tax preparer or the IRS for more information.