Volunteer Background ChecksIn order to maintain a safe environment for students, staff and our community, Portland Public Schools conducts criminal records screening on volunteers who have the potential for direct, unsupervised contact with students.
Portland Public Schools recognizes that a criminal record alone is not an indication of the value volunteers offer to our students.
When reviewing criminal records, the school district also considers:
- The safety of our students and staff
- The nature and gravity of the offense (s)
- The time that has passed since the conviction and/or sentence
- The nature of the volunteer work for which the applicant is requesting to volunteer
- The positive impact the individual has had within the community since the offense
To apply to be a volunteer and complete the volunteer background screening, please click the link above.
Additional assistance is also available at the school(s) for which you are applying to volunteer or you may contact our Security Services Department at (503) 916-3000.
We respect your privacy and any conversations with regard to your personal matters will be kept confidential.
Refer to Administrative Directive 5.10.141-AD, for additional information and district policy on volunteering.
Volunteer Code of Conduct Forms
You must read and agree to the Volunteer Code of Conduct before you apply to volunteer. Please read the form below before you complete your volunteer background check application.(Additional languages will be available soon.)
PPS Volunteer Code of Conduct - English
Volunteer Denial Forms
Volunteer Denial Appeal Form - This form is to appeal your denial to volunteer.
Volunteer Background Check Diagram
Volunteer Background Check Diagram - This diagram will show you how criminal convictions affect your ability to volunteer.
Our schools need the support of volunteers like you. There may be a slight delay in processing background checks due to the backlog of pending background checks. We appreciate you wanting to volunteer to help our students. We can expedite background checks if requested by the school for an immediate need (upcoming field trip, class activity, etc.) If your background check is still pending and you are needed for a school activity, contact the school and the school may request an expedited background check. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we appreciate you volunteering.