5 Questions to Ask When Volunteering in School

Whether you’re a brand new school parent or a veteran volunteer, it’s always important to start fresh each school year – start by asking these 5 questions:

5 questions1. Where do teachers really need class parent volunteers? Recent survey data reveals that while parents are excelling in helping with class parties, field trips and donating school supplies, teachers really need more parent volunteers with one-on-one reading, tutoring, helping with learning centers and supporting service learning projects. This trending infographic captures this and more intriguing findings about school parent volunteers, click here

2. How can class parents stay organized without annoying reply-all emails? It’s super easy to coordinate class helpers and school volunteers in the digital age with free online signup sheets and automated reminders from VolunteerSpot. Free easy scheduling, and 24/7 access from a computer or mobile device makes getting parents involved and organized easier than ever. BONUS: VolunteerSpot is giving away three $1500 grants to schools who organize at back-to-school, click here

3. What are my class volunteering guidelines? Teachers and room parents typically share volunteer guidelines towards the beginning of the school year, but just in case, it’s always safe to show up early, turn your phone off, go where you are needed, listen to the teacher, and keep classroom and student information confidential.

4. Am I a tattle-tail if I report something to the teacher? Classroom volunteering is a wonderful time to engage with students, but it’s also vital for parents to be observant. If alarming behavioral situations or something you overhear bothers you, bring it up in a private conversation with the teacher and exercise discretion to maintain confidentiality.

5. What if I don’t have time to volunteer at school? A recent survey reveals 73% of school parents cite work schedules as obstacles to volunteering in school – so you’re not alone! There are tons of ways to contribute your time and talents, working around your own family and work schedule. Preparing classroom cut-outs and copies from home, managing school social media accounts and classroom blogs, and buying snacks and treats for class celebrations are just a few ways to volunteer without actually showing up at the classroom.