Volunteering

We encourage and welcome the assistance of parents, businesses, and community agencies. School volunteers make a vital difference in the lives of children, teachers, and administrators.

As of June 16, 2004, Miami-Dade County Public Schools implemented new policies, procedures, and guidelines regarding our school volunteer program. All volunteers must be cleared before being placed in a school or beginning service as a school volunteer. The School Volunteer Program is responsible for electronic registration, background checks and training of volunteers. There are two different levels of volunteerism:

Level 1: Complete a database background check* Level 2: Complete a fingerprint background check*
  • Day chaperones for field trips
  • Classroom assistants
  • Math and/or reading tutors

*New background check required every 3 years.

  • Certified Volunteers
  • Mentors
  • Listeners/Oyentes
  • Athletic/Physical Education Assistants
  • Overnight Chaperones

*Re-fingerprinting required every 5 years.

Be a School Volunteer is a web-based application developed to facilitate and expedite the process of becoming a school volunteer. Employees, parents, students and community members will be able to apply online to different locations for different service activities. Parents/Guardians and community members must have an account with M-DCPS to be able to access the Be a School Volunteer application on the Portal. User guides are available to help you in registering for an account. Instructions for parent account registration are available at Parent Portal and for community account registration at Community Portal.

Any individual interested in volunteering in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) must log on to www.dadeschools.net and click on either the “Community” or the “Parent” tab to access the Portal. If you are a parent/guardian with a joint Parent Account, and both parents/guardians would like to participate in the volunteer program, one parent/guardian will use the Parent Account to apply for the volunteer program through the Parent Portal. The other parent/guardian must register through the Community Portal to obtain a Community Account. With the Community Account, you may apply for the volunteer program in the Community Portal.

School volunteers previously approved WILL NOT have to re-register for the 2016-2017 school year; however, these volunteers WILL have to log into the parent/community portal and re-select the school(s) and activity(ies) that they wish to participate in. The school will then re-approve them.

Once approved, all volunteers will be required to sign in and out in the Volunteer Log Book at the main office before proceeding to their volunteer site, and they must wear their identification badge whenever volunteering. Identification badges can be obtained from our Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Volunteer training is scheduled for Friday, September 2, 2016.

All parents on school grounds must be approved volunteers and wear their volunteer badges at all times (before, during, and after school).

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