Volunteers and community partners play an important role in Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Every day in every school, volunteers support and encourage staff and students, and take an active role in helping every student achieve. Through their contributions of time, energy, inspiration and expertise, volunteers often report they receive more than they give.
Anyone may apply to become a volunteer. Before taking part in a volunteer activity, applicants must complete a criminal history check.
We expect to begin welcoming volunteers back into Salem-Keizer schools in early 2022. This date may need to be altered depending on COVID-19 case rates. All volunteers must clear the SKPS criminal history check process and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before volunteering. (Visit Safe In-Person learning for info.)
Volunteer opportunities may be more limited during the 2021-22 school year. If you have any questions, please reach out to the school or department where you would like to volunteer.
Are volunteers required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to volunteer in Salem-Keizer Public Schools?
As defined in OAR 333-019-1030, all volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated before volunteering in Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Volunteers are considered fully vaccinated once they have received both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine and are at least 14 days beyond completion of the vaccine series.
Are volunteers required to receive a booster vaccine in order to volunteer?
Existing volunteers who provided an email address when they submitted their criminal history form will receive an email from the District in December 2021. The email will contain a unique link which allows the volunteer to submit proof of vaccination.
Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination include a picture of your vaccination card, a print out from your medical provider such as Salem Health’s MyChart system or any other official documentation that shows your name, date of birth, vaccination manufacturer, vaccination date(s) and the provider name performing the vaccination. Currently, the District accepts submissions in the following formats: PDF and Images (JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, etc).
New volunteers will receive a link after they clear the criminal history check.
Volunteers who do not receive an email link from SKPS or are unable to submit their proof of vaccine using the link are encouraged to contact the school or department where they would like to volunteer. School staff will be able to discuss alternative methods for volunteers to submit proof of vaccination.
Are current Salem-Keizer Public Schools students required to submit proof of vaccination in order to volunteer with younger students?
Current SKPS students who are volunteering as part of their educational program are not required to submit proof of vaccination.
Students 16 and over
Students age 16 years and older are required to submit proof of vaccination if their volunteering is not connected to their educational program. Students are encouraged to contact staff at their school to discuss their specific situation.
What COVID-19 protocols should volunteers expect to follow when they arrive at a school to volunteer?
All employees, contractors, volunteers and visitors are expected to follow safety protocols when in Salem-Keizer Public Schools. These protocols are important for helping to ensure a safe and healthy school environment:
Correctly wearing a face covering over the nose and mouth
Maintaining 6 feet of physical distancing as much as possible
Utilizing the check-in/check-out system
Practicing safe hand washing/sanitizing as needed
Not eating or drinking within 6 feet of another person
Volunteers are encouraged to discuss specific protocols with staff at the school where they will be volunteering.
Can volunteers request a medical or religious exception from the Covid-19 vaccination mandate?
Salem-Keizer Public Schools will not be approving exception requests from volunteers. With limited resources, it would create a hardship for the District to ensure that enhanced mitigation protocols are followed by specific volunteers.
Adult Volunteers – Submit a Criminal History Check
Volunteers are needed all year long. If you’d like to volunteer there are many opportunities, including: chaperoning off-site incentive trips, classroom help, mailings, bulletin boards, library shelving, working at the book fairs, and many other areas.
All volunteers must complete a Criminal History Check
To help protect the safety and welfare of students and staff, all volunteers must complete a criminal history background check prior to beginning their volunteer service.
Option 1: Fill out the Online Form
Fill out the online webform to submit a criminal history check. The online process is secure, and only authorized district staff will see the results. The online submission form is the preferred method.
Option 2: Download & Print Form
A paper criminal history check form may be submitted, however the clearance process can take several weeks. Download the Criminal History Check Packet (PAP-F003) form available in: Chuukese | English | Marshallese | Russian | Spanish. Fill out the form, print it, and return to:
Human Resources: Volunteer
2450 Lancaster Drive NE,
Salem, OR 97305
To help protect the safety and welfare of students and staff, all volunteers must complete a criminal history check prior to beginning their volunteer service. Criminal history check forms are required for people involved in but not limited to the following: coaching or advising, assisting with before or after school programs, assisting with camps (including but not limited to athletic, music or drama), mentoring, tutoring, interning or student teaching, assisting in the classroom or office, or chaperoning. In accordance with Administrative Policy PAP-A003, any person volunteering in any capacity with the Salem-Keizer School District is required to complete the criminal history check process. This includes volunteering that takes place in person or through the District’s electronic systems.
Do Salem-Keizer students need to complete the criminal history check process prior to volunteering?
Students (under age 18) need to complete the Student Criminal History Check form prior to volunteering with younger children. Download and complete the student criminal history check or pick up a paper form from a school office. Completed forms should be returned to the student’s teacher, the school office, or the school administrator.
If you do not have access to the Internet or would prefer not to complete the application online; we also accept paper criminal history check packets. Packets are available at the school/location where you would like to volunteer or download the Criminal History Check Packet (PAP-F003) form available in: Chuukese | English | Marshallese | Russian | Spanish. Fill out the form, print it, and return to: Human Resources – Volunteer, 2450 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem, OR 97305
Are student teachers and interns required to complete the criminal history check process?
Yes. Even if a student teacher or intern completes a criminal history check through a university or licensing agency, they are required to complete a Salem-Keizer School District criminal history check prior to beginning student teaching. Please contact the Human Resources Department at 503-399-3061 for additional information.
When can a volunteer applicant begin to volunteer?
After completing the criminal history check process. An individual may not volunteer until final approval is given by Prevention and Protection/Human Resources staff. As the process can take several weeks during peak times, volunteers are encouraged to submit paperwork early.
What happens when a Criminal History Check Packet is incomplete?
No. Providing the last four digits of your social security number on this form is voluntary. If for any reason we are unable to complete the criminal history check, we may ask you to provide additional means of identification. If you do provide your social security number, it will be used to ensure you are not misidentified. Your social security number will be used only as stated above. State and Federal law protects the privacy of your records. Student volunteers (under age 18) do not need to provide a social security number or driver license number on their application.
How do I find out if my criminal record will permit me to volunteer?
You will be notified via telephone, mail, or email if your application requires additional review. If you would like to discuss your situation prior to submitting a criminal history form, please contact the Human Resources Department at 503-399-3061.
Who should I contact if I have any volunteer questions about the process?
Salem-Keizer Public Schools is partnering with members in the community to provide a series of learning sessions throughout the 2021-22 school year. These sessions are currently held online
Salem-Keizer Public Schools is partnering with members in the community to provide a series of learning sessions throughout the 2021-22 school year. These sessions are currently held online and are open to the public.
The second Community Learning Session is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, January 31 and will be hosted by Salem-Keizer School Board Chair Osvaldo Avila and SKPS Director of Student Equity, Access and Advancement Cynthia Richardson.
The online-only session includes an interactive presentation celebrating Black history in our state. Panelists include McKay Senior Grace Caldwell, who also serves as the student advisor to the school board, Oregon State Senator Lew Frederick, Oregon Black Pioneers President Willie Richardson and Gwen Carr who served on the board of the Oregon Black Pioneers for close to 20 years.
The event will be hosted on Zoom and will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with time for questions from attendees.
American sign language interpretation will be available. Please use the registration form to make a request for language interpretation.
The Salem-Keizer Public Schools Native Education Program will hold its annual public hearing on Monday, January 31, 2022, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The meeting will take place virtually.
We will review the current year’s program, provide information on program performance, and discuss next year’s Title VI grant application. We will also provide an opportunity for attendees to offer comments, openly discuss issues and communicate and clarify the needs of students.
Public Hearing Item: Title VI Native Education Program
Salem-Keizer Public Schools promotes equal opportunity for all individuals without regard to age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, or veteran status. For more information, please view our Nondiscrimination /Title IX policy here.