VCS Opens Limited Volunteer Opportunities in Schools

Volunteer News

DELAND – Volusia County Schools is excited to welcome a limited number of volunteers back in schools beginning April 12, now that the CDC guidelines for physical distancing in schools have been relaxed to 3 feet.

This is part of VCS’ gradual reopening of some activities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, while continuing to follow guidelines to keep students, employees, and volunteers safe.

Volunteers in classrooms will be required to follow all health and safety guidelines, including wearing a face covering/mask, frequent handwashing, maintaining a physical distance of at least 3 feet, and staying home when sick. All activities using volunteers will follow CDC guidelines. The number of volunteers will be limited to ensure adherence to the physical distancing limitation, and no large gatherings will be permitted.

“We are glad to be able to gradually bring volunteers back into our schools,” said Dr. Scott Fritz, VCS Superintendent of Schools. “We know our students will benefit socially and emotionally by having the additional attention and a sense of returning to normalcy.”

With these changes, classroom teachers will be allowed to utilize a limited number of volunteers in their classrooms, and the district will be able to match students with volunteer mentors.

Every volunteer must have an approved application on file to volunteer. Each year, all volunteer applications expire on June 30. If a new application was not submitted for this school year, volunteers must reapply. The volunteer application can be found at https://tinyurl.com/VIPSapplication.

In addition to the application, VCS has strict safety and security practices and requires volunteers to sign in on the visitor management system (Raptor). When visiting a school for the first time, a driver license or other form of official government identification must be provided.

In addition to welcoming volunteers back in schools, VCS is now allowing some limited academic field trips, but does not plan to offer traditional, large-scale, end-of-year field trips this school year.

For more information on applying to become a VCS volunteer, go to www.vcsedu.org/volunteer-partnership.