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Volunteer

Catharine Blaine K-8 PTA is a fantastic way to get involved with our school and our community.  Whether you can commit to a regular weekly schedule or are just available every now and then, there are many ways to get involved.

A few examples:

  • Playground/recess helpers

  • Serving lunch in the cafeteria

  • Administrative/office help

  • Book fair

  • Auction and gala planning

  • …And more!

For the safety and security of our students and our school community, below are the requirements to fulfill before volunteering at Catharine Blaine:

  • Step 1: Complete Volunteer Application (PDF)–Annually (School Year).

  • Step 2: View the  Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention online course– required only once!

  • Step 3: Turn in Volunteer Application to the Office with a copy of your Driver’s License or Gov’t ID for a background check. A background check is mandatory once each school year. We appreciate your patience with this process. Please note: While all volunteers must be screened through the background check (WATCH system). A criminal history does not automatically disqualify one from volunteering in the schools.
  • Step 4: Review the Volunteer Handbook

In addition to the above requirements the following is also expected of all volunteers:

  • Proof of Auto Insurance to have on file for when you drive on a field trip.

  • Volunteer ID Lanyard to be worn while at school.

  • Volunteer Guidelines (listed below) to read before (and observe while) volunteering.

Please see below for details on some of these requirements. Questions? Feel free to email our PTA Volunteer Coordinator at  volunteering@BlainePTA.com.

SPS Screening Check (Required)

The Seattle Public School District requires that a screening check be completed before you can volunteer at school. Even if you don’t plan on being a regular volunteer, please fill out this form now so that if you find you have time to chaperone a field trip or help out at a classroom event, you will be able to do so. Please fill in and return the SPS Screening Form to the school Office.

Driver’s License, copy (Required with SPS Screening)

If you don’t have access to a printer or copier, stop by the office where you can make a copy of your license.

Proof of Auto Insurance (Required for driving on field trips)

The Seattle Public School District requires that any volunteer driving children on a field trip MUST have on file in the office a copy of their current proof of automobile insurance. This requirement is in addition to the background check and copy of driver’s license.

Please Note: Many auto insurance policies expire every six months. If you receive a new proof of insurance card before the end of this school year, please resubmit a copy to the office.

Volunteer ID Button (Required)

Catharine Blaine requires that all volunteers wear a Volunteer ID Button (or a temporary sticker, available in the office) while volunteering on the school grounds.

Volunteer Guidelines

Please observe these guidelines when volunteering. Thank you!

  • Sign IN and OUT in the main office every time you volunteer.

  • Wear your Volunteer ID BUTTON while at school.

  • Volunteer for the WHOLE CLASSROOM, not just your child.

  • Try to be QUIET and unobtrusive in the classroom. Focus on your task and limit talking with other adults (it’s distracting to the class ?).

  • Academic instruction must be left to certificated classroom personnel (district regulations). Volunteers provide GENERAL HELP AND SUPPORT.

  • Respect CONFIDENTIALITY. Protect and respect information you see or hear, especially pertaining to a student’s work, behavior, or background.

  • Be courteous, exhibit good behavior, and otherwise PROVIDE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL for our students.

  • Keep CELL PHONES OFF or on vibrate. If you need to take a call, please do so outside of the classroom.

  • While in the hall, SPEAK SOFTLY and stay clear of doorways. Voices carry into the classrooms and are distracting to students and teachers.

  • CONSULT THE TEACHER before bringing younger siblings or other children into the classroom with you when you volunteer.

  • Some teachers do not use volunteers in the classroom, but appreciate help OUTSIDE OF CLASS. Check with each teacher about his/her needs.