Willow Elementary School welcomes volunteer participation in our school. There are many opportunities to volunteer and to actively participate in the educational program. Research indicates many positive outcomes for children when parents and community members volunteer. We welcome you to Willow Elementary School and thank you for your willingness to partner with us in providing an excellent educational program. Your involvement helps build a school community that emphasizes humanity, perseverance, love of learning, creativity, inclusiveness and accountability. Thank you for your time!
- P. E.
How do I become a Volunteer at Willow?
Denver Public Schools has shared new guidance for family and community members interested in volunteering during the 21-22 school year.
Here are the 5 steps to become a volunteer:
Step 1 – You will need to complete the volunteer background check through the Volunteer Background Check Portal, be sure to use this link otherwise you will be asked for a code.
Step 2 – Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email from Willow regarding next steps to sign up for a Volunteer Training session.
Step 3 – Sign up to attend a Volunteer Training session.
Step 4 – Sign up for a volunteer opportunity. On the first day you volunteer, you will need to submit a copy of your driver’s license and sign a confidentiality agreement at the school.
Step 5 : Enjoy Volunteering at Willow.
What are the Willow Volunteer Commitments?
The Willow Team is committed to:
- Welcoming volunteers
- Informing them about their task
- Providing materials and resources
- Encouraging their initiatives and celebrating their efforts
- Will treat volunteers with respect and gratitude
Willow Volunteers commit to:
- Serving as a positive role model
- Respecting school rules and procedures
- Performing assigned tasks to the best of their ability
- Flexibility, understanding, and leadership when unexpected situations arise
- Working cooperatively with all staff and seeking clarification when necessary
- Treat all students, staff and community with respect
- Maintain confidentiality of students, staff, and families
What are the Responsibilities?
- Room Parents
- Classroom Assistance
- Supporting art projects
- Teaching an area of skill (art, music, speech, etc.)
- Filing and paper-work
- Decorating bulletin boards
- Reading stories
A volunteer operates in a position of trust. Personal information pertaining to students must be kept CONFIDENTIAL, as well as conversations between parents, teachers and students. It is your responsibility to notify the teacher, or administrator in charge if you have concerns about a student or if you are unsure as to what should be done. Confidentiality is taken very seriously and a breach of confidentiality can affect your volunteer status.
Always direct other parents’ concerns to the classroom teacher. It is a breach of confidentiality to discuss students with others. It is the school’s responsibility to inform parents of student progress.
Parents cannot take pictures of students other than their child to post on social media. We ask that parents who have pictures to share of school events, submit the pictures to a school staff member or through our Willow Elementary School App for staff to review prior to posting on school sponsored social media. This will ensure that only students for whom parents have granted permission are pictured on social media.