• Volunteer Handbook


    • Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Portland Public Schools! 
      We believe that families and community members are important partners to support our students. To ensure a safe environment for our students, PPS requires volunteers to follow the steps below. Please review the Volunteer Code of Conduct (Step 1) and Mandatory Volunteer Training (Step 2) prior to completing the volunteer application (Step 3). In the online volunteer application, you will need to sign that you have reviewed these materials and agree to adhere to all of the requirements. A person is considered a volunteer if they have the potential for unsupervised contact with PPS students during school hours, including chaperones for field trips. 

    • 1. Read the Volunteer Code of Conduct

      You must read and agree to the Volunteer Code of Conduct before you apply to volunteer. Please read the document below before you complete your volunteer training, application and background check.

      Volunteer Code of Conduct PDF (English)
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    • 2. Review the Mandatory Volunteer Training

      All volunteer applicants are required to review the Mandatory Volunteer Training and agree to adhere to all of the requirements. Please review the slide show below or read the PDF linked.

      Mandatory Volunteer Training (English)
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      • 3. Submit a Volunteer Application and Volunteer Background Check

        Complete the volunteer application completely and accurately, including your full name, date of birth, and email address. The application authorizes PPS to conduct a Volunteer Background Check.

        Volunteer Online Application and Volunteer Background Check

        Solicitud en línea para voluntarios y verificación de antecedentes para voluntarios

        Criminal Records and Volunteer Background Check Information

        Portland Public Schools will conduct a criminal background check on volunteer applicants, and we reserve the right to deny applicants with a criminal history and registered sex offenders. PPS 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

        If you have questions you may contact our Security Services Department at securityservices@pps.net or (503) 916-3000. We respect your privacy and any conversations with regard to your background check will be kept confidential. Refer to Administrative Directive 5.10.141-AD for additional information and district policy on volunteering.