Volunteer Requirements

Building community through service

To volunteer, community members must be at least 16 years of age. For 16 and 17 year old minors, please click here to learn more.

To keep our school communities safe, Berkeley Schools Volunteers follows cautious screening guidelines from the California Education Code and ____.

Who Can Volunteer?

BSV welcomes volunteers come from all walks of life. Our volunteers are professionals and retirees, students and parents. They are generalists and specialists. Some are teenagers, others middle-aged, and even a few octogenarians. They come from many different countries and speak many different languages. Our volunteers live both within and beyond Berkeley’s city limits.

What unites BSV volunteers is their love of kids and their commitment to showing up for learning. BSV volunteers also share a commitment to high quality public schools for all students.

BSV wants you if:

  • You are willing to be a teacher as well as a learner;
  • You are at least 16 years of age*;
  • You are able to volunteer at least 1 hour every week for an entire school year; and
  • You are free of a criminal record**.

*Volunteer service from minors ages 16 and 17 requires the signature of a parent or guardian on our Minor Permission Form here.

**For more details on our screening requirements, click on our BSV Volunteer Screening Policies.

For Community Volunteers


Show a government-issued photo ID


Clear a sexual offender screening

Only for volunteers working in

BUSD’s pre-schools

Provide proof of vaccinations for Influenza, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), and Measles

Only for volunteers working in

before/after school settings

(not under supervision of credentialed teacher)

Submit to and pass a Department of Justice Background Check/ Live Scan Fingerprinting

(Paid for by the District)

Only for those volunteering

more than 3 days per week, or

more than 90 days in a school year

Submit either negative Tuberculosis Risk Assessment, or negative Tuberculosis Lab Results

(from past 60 days)


For more screening details and helpful links/resources, see our Volunteer FAQs page.