More about Distance Learning Volunteers


This year, BSV is seeking volunteers who:

  • have reliable, high-speed internet (meaning streaming videos usually works without interruption)
  • are tech-friendly (not an expert, but with some facility and lots of interest!)
  • are willing to learn new tools and platforms
  • are self-reliant (can problem-solve solo, without always relying on a teacher)
  • are willing to be flexible in how you support

Note that new volunteers will complete a 1-hour Zoom orientation as well as a 2-hour Distance Learning in BUSD Tech Training.

Distance Learning Volunteers will be supporting students and teachers differently this year!

BSV’ers may be asked to:

  • Support small groups or individual students in Zoom breakout rooms (reading, math, etc.)
  • Support the teacher as a second adult “in the room” during live Zoom sessions
  • Take attendance (perhaps on a hand-held device) during live Zoom sessions
  • Monitor the “chat bar” (highlighting questions or comments during class discussion)
  • Use Zoom reaction icons (like ‘thumbs up’) to reinforce student contributions during discussions
  • Work the Zoom “door” (helping troubleshoot students’ tech challenges as they enter class)
  • Review and provide specific praise for student work inside Google Classroom

Distance Learning also demands additional security measures to ensure everyone’s safety:

  • All BSV volunteers must clear a DOJ/FBI fingerprint/background check
  • All BSV volunteers will e-sign a Distance Learning-specific Volunteer Contract
  • All BSV volunteers will receive tech training that covers online protocols and security practices
  • Host Teachers will distribute BSV’s (new) Notification to Families(explaining your support)
  • Host Teachers will be hosting all Zoom sessions themselves (not volunteers)
  • Host Teachers will record Zoom sessions (when volunteers work solo in breakout rooms)

We know this is a lot, and it’s not for everyone. But if you’re up for the challenge, we could really use your time, expertise and passion. More importantly, so could the students!