BSV Returning Volunteers, 2021-22

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Welcome back to BSV! This form is for returning BSV volunteers only who are interested in supporting in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. (Also, there will likely be a small group of distance learning volunteers.) Once again, we are in a transition year as students, staff, and families adjust to in-person learning again. 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
  • BUSD students (minors from age 16-18) cannot volunteer with BSV this year due to contact tracing purposes

Distance Learning: BSV will consider volunteers who have participated in distance learning volunteering with BSV last year.
  • All distance learning BSV volunteers will support BUSD teacher-hosted Zoom sessions only. (Volunteers cannot host their own Zoom calls with students.)

If you are not interested in volunteering this year, please email me directly  ( and I will remove you from this year's roster.

Thank you as always for your flexibility and dedication to supporting students! We are so excited for the return to in-person learning!

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Personal Information

Name you'd prefer on your 2021-22 BSV Name Badge*, if different than above:

*BSV will ONLY be printing name badges for in-person volunteers

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.

Please verify or update the contact information (if necessary) that we have on file for you.

Please include your apartment number and/or building name, if applicable.

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2021-22 BSV Placement 

COVID-19 Security Measures
COVID-19 Security Measures 

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!

New Placement Preferences

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

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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.

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    One-time Volunteering Opportunities

    Thank you for stepping up to support our students! 

    Here's what happens next: 
    • BSV will reach out after we get our Teacher Volunteer Request forms back
    • When we know for sure you have a match, we’ll make you and your Host Teacher official (via email) once again. For those of you who have been with their teachers for years, this will be quick and easy!
    • Once officially matched, you're free to join your class!
    And as always, please reach out with any questions: