Welcome to Prescott Unified School District’s Volunteer Program
Schools are remarkable places where students obtain the academic, social, and emotional learning that helps form their futures. Volunteers are important role models for these young people as they provide a variety of services in the schools.
There are many types of volunteer opportunities available with Prescott Schools, depending on the volunteers’ interests, talents, and available time. The district uses volunteers to assist students with reading and math, in the school nursing office, and in the library. There are volunteer coaches and volunteers who assist teachers and support staff with copying, filing, and other paperwork. Opportunities exist for volunteers to assist with school grounds beautification projects or annual events such as festivals and book fairs.
Prescott Unified School District has three elementary schools, one school with grades 5-6, one middle school, one high school, and an integrated pre-school program. If you are interested in volunteering with Prescott Unified School District, or would like additional information, please contact Debbie Prieto, Volunteer Coordinator, at 928-445-5400, ext. 70140, or Deb.Prieto@prescottschools.com.
The PUSD Volunteer Program has created a three-tiered system for identifying volunteer roles and the required levels of application, training and screening. Each level is described below. Please note that paper volunteer applications are no longer accepted.
If you have any questions about a volunteer or a volunteer assignment not described below, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 928-445-5400, ext. 140, or email Deb.Prieto@prescottschools.com.
Volunteer Levels and Requirements
Level One Volunteer
No Online Volunteer Application or Fingerprint Based Background Check
- School/District Committee Members - e.g. Partners in Education
- PTO/PTA Parent Activities (excluding Coaching and/or overnight Field Trips – see Level Three)
- Booster Club Parent Activities (excluding Coaching and/or overnight Field Trips – see Level Three)
- Guest speakers/Presenters in classrooms under the supervision of certified PUSD employee
- Art Docent/Habitat presenters in classrooms under the supervision of a certified PUSD employee
- Special project volunteers who are not working with students and are volunteering outside of regular school hours and under the supervision of a PUSD employee. Examples include school grounds maintenance projects, event setup and cleanup.
Level Two Volunteer
Online Volunteer Application (Fingerprint Based Background Check Not Required)
- Parent/Legal Guardian volunteering in their own child’s classroom or at their own child’s school event (excluding Coaching and/or overnight Field Trips – see Level Three)
- Parents and current PUSD students working with sensitive/confidential materials in a school, program or district office
- Service Learning Students volunteering in a school, program or district office for the term of their class assignment and under the supervision of a certified PUSD employee (excluding Coaching and/or all Field Trips – see Level Three)
Level Three Volunteer
Online Volunteer Application and Fingerprint Based Background Check
- All community volunteers working directly with students
- Grandparents, extended family members,students that have recently graduated high school, and college students are considered community members
- All community volunteers working with sensitive/confidential materials in a school, special programs or district office
- All individuals working in a college work study program assigned to PUSD
- All coaching volunteers including parents of current PUSD students
- All volunteers attending an overnight field trip including parents of current PUSD students
- Art Docents/Habitat volunteers working during school hours
All Level Three Volunteers will be fingerprinted by the PUSD Volunteer Coordinator (or designee) at no charge to the volunteer. It usually takes the Arizona Department of Public Safety five - six weeks to return a Criminal History Background Check to the PUSD Volunteer Coordinator
If you are interested in working as a Level Two or Level Three Volunteer, please complete the PUSD Volunteer Program online application here.
Volunteering in the schools as a Level Three Volunteer requires a fingerprint-based background check every four years. Once your online application has been completed, you will be contacted to schedule a fingerprinting appointment. You may also contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly. Fingerprinting of volunteers is done at the District Office, located at 300 E Gurley St. There is no charge to volunteers for fingerprinting.
If you have a current IVP fingerprint clearance card from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, that card may serve as verification of your fingerprint background clearance. Please provide a copy of that card to the Volunteer Coordinator.
Orientation is recommended for all Level Two and Level Three Volunteers. During the orientation, the Prescott Unified School District Handbook will be reviewed and discussed. The orientation is designed to provide information concerning volunteer expectations and obligations.
Volunteer Placement Process
The PUSD Volunteer Coordinator works with each volunteer and teacher/staff member to:
- Determine the interests and preferences of each volunteer
- Determine the needs of the teachers/staff who are requesting volunteer assistance
- Match volunteers with assignments
- Follow up with volunteers and staff to determine placement satisfaction
Thank you for supporting Prescott Unified School District.
(928) 445-5400 ex.t 70140