This handbook is designed to help volunteers understand the important role they play in supporting students and staff. It includes information on volunteer activities, expectations, policies, practices, and procedures that volunteers must follow. It also details the requirement for all volunteers to undergo background checks to ensure the utmost safety of students and staff. Click here to access a PDF version of the handbook.
Volunteering in the Hillsboro School District
The research is clear about the role of family and community involvement - it makes a significant difference in student achievement. HSD is very fortunate to have a supportive and engaged community who understands and appreciates the importance of education.
We are all Part of a Team
Volunteers work under the direction of school principals, teachers, and other staff members. Volunteers can:
- Relieve teachers of many non-teaching duties and tasks.
- Assist teachers in providing more individual help and instruction to students.
- Strengthen relationships and understanding between schools and families.
School-Based Staff work with principals, teachers, other staff members to support school and student needs with volunteer help. They recruit and place volunteers, as well as offer or arrange for training, as needed. The District Volunteer Coordinator can assist with placing volunteers for group activities or projects.
The District Volunteer Manager is the point person for the volunteer application and background check process and can answer questions about eligibility and expectations.
Parent Groups operate independently from schools but within the parameters of school and district policy. Parent Groups work with principals, teachers, other staff members, and the District Volunteer Manager to organize, support, and fundraise for extracurricular and enrichment activities for students and families.
School Principals have the final authority over what happens in their schools, including the volunteer program and Parent Group activities. Principals are responsible for setting guidelines and developing a positive working relationship with volunteers.
Volunteer Program Policies
Getting Started as A Volunteer
Volunteer Expectations and Responsibilities
Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries
Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect
Working With Students
Benefits for Volunteers
Choose the Way you Want to Volunteer Based on What's Right for You!
Volunteering can be flexible - choose days and times that work for your schedule.
Volunteering could be a one-time commitment.
Volunteering involves you in your child’s school experience.
Volunteering makes your school and community a better place to live and grow.
The Hillsboro School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of the Hillsboro School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on their actual or perceived race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veteran status, genetic information, or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment.