The process to volunteer in the schools has changed somewhat from previous years.
As part of the updated CPS policy on Maintaining the Safety of Students, volunteers may be required to reapply for permission to volunteer at the school. This process may now include background check and fingerprinting.
There are two levels of volunteers: Level 1, which is if you plan on spending more than 10 hours a week in the school (5 if you don’t have a student enrolled) or if you are going to have unsupervised interaction with students. Examples of this include: mentors, coaches, overnight field trip chaperones, and non-supervised classroom assistants. Level 1 volunteers require a criminal background check and fingerprinting.
Level 2 volunteers do not require fingerprinting or a background check. Examples of level 2 volunteers include: being a chaperone on a day field trip, speaking in a class or being a judge of an academic competition, or any other volunteer activity that does not have ongoing unsupervised interaction with students. Your volunteer hours should be less than 10 hours per week (5 if you don’t have a student enrolled.)
Once you apply online, you should receive an email which will direct you to go to the school administrative office so that they can take a photocopy of your ID. After that, the information will be submitted to CPS and you will need to wait for a further email from CPS advising that you are approved to begin volunteering .
Once you are set up, you can start volunteering!
To find out more and to enroll, visit cpsvolunteers.org.