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Volunteer in Our Schools

Photo of volunteer working with students in a classroom

We welcome volunteers who want to use their skills and resources to help our students succeed. There are a number of ways to get involved

Find a Volunteer Opportunity

One Time

If you are looking for a one time opportunity, we recommend you use NeighborGood, a searchable database with DC specific volunteer opportunities.

School Day

If you are interested in volunteering during the school day, use the school profiles link to identify schools that may be a good match. Please reach out directly to the schools to explain what you would like to do and when you are available.

After School

If you are interested in volunteering after school, or in the evening, please reach out directly to one of our DCPS Partner Directory of vetted community based organizations

Complete the Volunteer Clearance Process

All volunteers, including parents, must complete the DCPS Clearance process before volunteer services can be provided. To complete the DCPS Clearance process, complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the online Clearance Application, here: DCPS Clearance Application
  2. Complete a TB test or obtain documentation showing cleared TB test results from the last 12 months
  3. Report to DCPS Central Office (1200 First Street NE, 10th Floor) during operating hours to complete the fingerprinting process:

    Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm and Fridays from 8 am - 3 pm. TB test results must be provided upon reporting to Central Office for fingerprints*. Individuals who fail to produce TB test results from the last 12 months will be denied fingerprinting services. *College/University students who submitted a TB test when enrolling in school can have their health center sign this form: College/University Student – Request to Waive TB Test

  4. Wait 3-10 business days for a clearance letter, indicating cleared fingerprinting results.

For answers to frequently asked questions, see Volunteering FAQs. For additional questions, contact DCPS Clearance by email at [email protected].

Exceptions

Exceptions may be granted to the above process in the following situations:

  1. You are volunteering for a one-time,on-campus event, like Career Day or Field Day. Please email the Clearance Team at [email protected] to confirm whether you qualify for a clearance exception.
  2. You are a potential volunteer under the age of 18. Individuals in this group should complete this form: Under 18 Years Old Volunteer Application and return to [email protected]
  3. You are a potential volunteer with an active secret or top secret federal security clearance. Individuals in this group should complete the Federal Security Clearance Verification letter in lieu of being fingerprinted with DCPS. The original signed verification form, a copy of a state issued photo ID, and TB test taken within the last 12 months should be emailed to [email protected].