BSV Classroom Volunteer Application for New Volunteers, 2021-22

This application is intended for volunteers NEW to Berkeley Schools Volunteers who are interested in volunteering in a specific classroom, either on a long-term/on-going basis or for a short-term project.
  • If you're a returning BSV Classroom Volunteer, please email Volunteer Programs Manager Jissel Poblete ( to access your Returning Volunteer Application.
  • If you are interested in volunteering for an event or project not tied to one specific classroom (e.g. Walk-a-thon, school-wide gardening project, Task Runner, EdHub staff, COVID testing), please register as a School Support Volunteer using this form:  BSV School Support Volunteer Application
Note: Existing partnerships between host teachers and returning volunteers will be prioritized first.  

Please see our updated security measures to ensure you are able to meet them:
  • All in-person BSV volunteers will provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination with indication of a 2-week clearance before starting in the classroom
  • Therefore, all in-person BSV volunteers will sign a waiver assuming the risk of volunteering in-person
  • Volunteers will only be allowed to be in one classroom (elementary) or one class period/block (middle/high). (Parents of siblings can switch classrooms at the semester mark. Please indicate the classroom you'd to start in first)
  • BUSD students cannot volunteer with BSV this year due to contact tracing purposes
  • BUSD parents volunteers will now be under the purview of BSV. (Grandparents and other extended familyas required by the California Education Code, you'll still need to fully register with Berkeley Schools Volunteers in order to volunteer in a district classroom, even if in the classroom of your relative)

Thank you for your flexibility and dedication to supporting students! We are so excited for the return to in-person learning!
Personal Information
Legal Name - Name as it appears on your government-issued photo ID
capitalize appropriately

Name for BSV Name Badge - only if you prefer to go by a name other than your legal name
Please capitalize appropriately

Berkeley Schools Volunteers recognizes that name and gender identity are central to most individuals' sense of self and well-being, and that it is important for us to establish systems that acknowledge and support individuals' self-identification.

Local Mailing Address - Please include an apartment number and/or building name, if applicable
Please capitalize appropriately

Note: BSV is currently only able to fingerprint those visiting or residing in California. I'm sorry that we can't accommodate out of state or international volunteers at this time.

Enter as MM/DD/YYYY

First and Last Name

Affiliate Status

COVID-19 Security Measures
COVID-19 Security Measures / Medidas de seguridad COVID-19

In efforts to keep our communities and yourself safe, BSV has updated safety measures in response to COVID-19. Please see below to ensure you are able to meet them.

All BSV in-person volunteers will:

  • provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination with indication of a 2-week clearance before starting in the classroom
  • sign a waiver assuming the risk of volunteering in-person
  • will wear masks at all sites at all times whether indoors or outdoors when they are on a volunteer assignment

Thank you as always for your flexibility and dedication to supporting students, families, and staff! / ¡Gracias como siempre por su flexibilidad y dedicación para apoyar a los estudiantes, las familias y el personal!

Parent Volunteers
In support of BUSD's COVID-19 safety plan, Berkeley Schools Volunteers will be screening and placing all volunteers this year, including parents!  To get you in your child's classroom* in an expedited manner, BSV has made a couple of exceptions. Parent volunteers: 
  1. Do not need to be fingerprinted
  2. Can start volunteering before attending orientation

  • per BUSD protocol on contact tracing and reducing risk of transmission, parents can only volunteer in one classroom (even if you have multiple children!)
  • Prior to starting, your child's classroom teacher must also complete a request form 

BSV Volunteering Preferences
We will do our best to match you to the right classroom or teacher, but as this last year has shown us, we must remain adaptable. We appreciate your understanding & flexibility!

Volunteering SCHEDULE:  Most instruction in BUSD occurs between the hours of 8am-3:30 pm. While they exist, late afternoons options are extremely limited.

BSV Volunteer Contract

BSV Volunteer Contract, 2021-22

This Volunteer Contract will be considered valid under ‘distance learning,’ and ‘in-person' conditions, as determined by BUSD.

Section I: Qualifications & Screening

To be authorized to volunteer in BUSD, you must:

  • Be cleared to serve, including clearing an FBI/DOJ Live Scan background check/fingerprinting. Note: Parents volunteering in their child's classroom are exempt from the fingerprinting process

  • Provide proof of medical vaccinations (for specific placements only, as required by the California Education Code) 

  • Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before assuming any in-person school responsibilities

  • Be able to commit to at least 1 hour of volunteering weekly for the entire school year (unless otherwise arranged with BSV staff)

Section II: Code of Conduct

Volunteers should:

  • Identify themselves to BUSD students and families as a Berkeley Schools Volunteer.
  • Respect the diversity of Berkeley’s students and staff, including one’s race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical condition/disability status, religious beliefs, political afflictions, veteran or marital status.

  • Respect the school dress code, even in digital spaces, including but not limited to no clothing with logos depicting drugs, tobacco, alcohol, anything sexually suggestive, or anything involving a racial/ethnic slur.

  • Volunteer only under the supervision of their assigned BUSD Host Teacher.

  • Be punctual and consistent for all volunteer commitments.

  • Discuss any planned absences in advance with their Host Teacher.

  • Immediately refer discipline issues to their Host Teacher.

  • Regard any information learned as a volunteer as confidential and share only with school staff as appropriate.

  • Confidentially pass on knowledge or suspicion of child abuse and/or any challenges or concerns for students’ success or welfare to their Host Teacher, or designated staff.

  • Let BSV know immediately if they are unable to continue with their volunteer commitment, or if they change Host Teachers/placements.

  • Complete BSV’s annual spring volunteer survey to give BSV feedback on the program.

  • Update their contact information annually with BSV, as well as notify BSV of their intent to return for the following year.

  • Wear their current year BSV Name Badge at all times on BUSD campuses.

  • For distance volunteers only: Volunteers will support teacher-hosted Zoom calls only.

Volunteers should not:

  • Engage in any political or religious instruction, activities, or conduct

  • Engage in non-BUSD supervised contact with students, including texting, phoning, emailing, social media connecting, or meeting off-campus.

  • Photograph or post pictures/video of students without written parent and school staff permission.

  • Make any suggestive or inappropriate comments, or jokes.

  • Volunteer while ill, or with knowledge of positive testing for contagious diseases (i.e. COVID-19 or Tuberculosis, etc.).

  • Be under the influence of (or smell like) alcohol, marijuana, or illegal substances.

  • Use electronic devices (including cell phones and music players) while working with students.

  • Remove students from the direct supervision of the BUSD Host Teacher or from the school campus.

  • Physically discipline students or use hands to redirect a student.

  • Transport students in a vehicle (unless BUSD approved and supervised, as on a school field trip).

  • Remain in contact with students outside of the school context, either in-person or digitally. (Your volunteer work is sanctioned by BSV and the California Education Code only when you are under the direct supervision of a certificated teacher.)

Section III: COVID-19 Assumption of Risk Agreement

By checking below, I assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by participating in the Berkeley Schools Volunteers (BSV) program and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and/or death. In addition, I assume responsibility for adhering to all COVID-19 prevention measures required by BSV or Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), and compliance with applicable federal, state or local health orders such as the use of personal protective equipment, social distancing, and general hygiene protocols. I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to make an informed participation decision, that BSV and BUSD do not control every aspect of my volunteer interactions, and that BSV and BUSD give no assurances or warranties whatsoever as to my safety if I choose to participate in this program. 

Section IV: BSV Policies

I understand and agree…

  • I am not an employee of the BSV or BUSD, and I volunteer my services in an “at will” capacity.

  • BUSD has the right to revoke my volunteer privileges at any time without prior notification or warning, in conformity with its liability and safety policies.

  • Any breach of the above commitments may result in my dismissal from any and all BUSD schools.

I meet the listed qualifications, understand the above expectations and restrictions, and will contact BSV if anything changes with my volunteer placement, my health in relation to communicable diseases, or my legal status related to felony convictions. I accept the appointment of School Volunteer in a BUSD school for the 2021-22 school year.

Sign up for Orientation & Training

Prior to being matched to your teacher, new volunteers complete a 1-hour orientation. 

Additionally, BSV is a learning community and will therefore continue to offer additional trainings throughout the year. We encourage you to attend as many as you can!

All trainings this Fall will take place via Zoom.

Thank you for noting your chosen training date/times in your calendar.

We will confirm your participation the week prior to your trainings. We look forward to seeing you on Zoom in the near future!
Next Steps
Thank you for stepping up to support our students! 

Here's what happens next: 
  • Once you've completed the mandatory orientation, we'll start your matching process. 
  • When we know for sure you have a match, we'll do an email introduction to the Host Teacher. 
  • Then we'll send you to be fingerprinted. 
  • While we wait for your results to come in, you and your Host Teacher will hold your First Meeting.
  • Once you're officially cleared, we'll notify you both and then you're free to join class! 
And as always, please reach out with any questions:
LAST STEP!    One-time Volunteering