PUSD welcomes volunteers to prepare our students to excel in the key economic sectors of the 21st century. Thousands of volunteers inspire students' interests in literature and math, science and robotics, music and art, and in community service.
How You Can Become a Volunteer in PUSD
Thank you and welcome! By now, you've probably already considered how much time you can consistently give and what your interests are. Many schools survey parents at the beginning of the year to match their skills and interests with activities and needs at the school. We want your gift of time to be purposeful and take your assignment very seriously. So contact the school community assistant at your campus and tell him or her that you want to help. They'll take it from there!
Yes! Everyone who volunteers at a PUSD school needs to be registered as a volunteer. Because your gift of time is valuable, meet with your school community assistant to confirm your assignment and to complete the child health and safety clearances. You will need to complete an application, read the orientation handbook, provide proof of tuberculosis clearance and be cleared on the Megan's Law database. These tests help us keep all our students safe and healthy.
Awesome! PUSD is fortunate to have many community volunteers who generously donate countless hours to inspire and enrich student learning. We partner with several organizations who train volunteers and target specific areas where students need help the most.
Contact the Volunteer Unit at the Office of Family & Community Engagement 626.396.3631
All field trip chaperones are required to get checked on the Megan’s Law database, which is done by the volunteer coordinator at the school site. The majority of chaperones for day field trips are NOT required to get fingerprint clearance or TB clearance.
Volunteers attending an overnight field trip are required to obtain child safety clearance via DOJ/FBI background checks done by fingerprint clearance. In these very limited cases, school administrators authorize volunteers for fingerprinting and background clearances conducted by the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD). In that case, we will contact you to set up an appointment.
The vast majority of volunteers work under the close supervision of a PUSD staff member for example chaperoning a field trip, helping in a classroom or library, tutoring students in the back of the classroom or in the art, drama or science rooms.
Only a few volunteers who take on the considerable responsibility of working with students outside the supervision of a district staffer are authorized by school administrators for fingerprinting.
Plan ahead! The entire process takes between 2 - 3 weeks, and sometimes more. This depends on whether your medical provider will refer you for a TB skin test or your assignment will require fingerprint clearance. PUSD conducts Livescan fingerprint clearance, and getting results back from the Department of Justice/FBI can take between four days and several weeks.
Yes. Current employees must register as volunteers at their site. Depending on the volunteer assignment, they may be referred for fingerprint clearance, which the Office of Family & Community Engagement will verify with Human Resources. Recently retired employees follow the same process.
Purpose of Orientation: Required before volunteering, Welcome to PUSD, Complete Volunteer Paperwork, Convey Volunteer Information, Explain how to get a volunteer badge