Current Volunteers

Welcome back!

Now in our 28th year, Berkeley Schools Volunteers is thrilled to be unveiling a new and more power-packed BSV program for 2019-20!

Hot Off the Press @ BSV 

IMPORTANT: Make Yourself Official for 2019-20!  If you haven’t yet updated your volunteering preferences for 2019-20, please check your inbox immediately for a BSV email (with a personalized link!) sent in August. Click on the link to “check in” and update your preferences for this year. Without it, you won’t be official!

NEW! Equity Training. As part of our commitment to deepening our impact in Berkeley, BSV is launching a Learning Community for our volunteers to promote ongoing, shared learning. Our first training, focused on the urgent, district-wide theme of equity, is required for both new and returning volunteers. (Returning volunteers should complete it within the first 2 months of returning to the classroom.)

Training Locations? All equity trainings will be at the District Office (2020 Bonar Street, 1st floor) with one exception: Thurs, Oct 3 will be at the West Berkeley Public Library (1125 University, Community Meeting Room).

Haven’t signed up for your equity training yet? Check your inbox! The sign-ups are embedded in the personalized link for returning volunteers we emailed you in August. 

NEW! One-time Volunteer Events.

  • Want to keep volunteering, but not sure you can swing the weekly commitment? Consider signing up for our newest volunteer pathway: one-time volunteer events! To learn more, click here.

Redesign: from Vision to Action.

  • Learn more about BSV’s redesign, from process to outcomes, here

We Are All Learners!

  • Explore BSV’s new Learning Community tab (from the Current Volunteers page) where you’ll find a calendar of events, including upcoming trainings and volunteer gatherings.

Feedback Loop.

Lost Badge?

  • Misplaced your name badge? No problem! Contact BSV ( or 510-644-8833) and we’ll mail out a new one shortly.

BSV Tip of the Month: The All-Important Name Badge!

Remember: BUSD principals and teachers see the BSV Name Badge as evidence that we have done our homework in declaring you fit to volunteer in schools. They want to see the badge out in front every single time. Make sure you’re wearing the latest 2019-20 badge. Old ones don’t count!

BSV Learning Community


Gatherings our Volunteers for Shared Learning

We value lifelong learning and seek to create opportunities for volunteers to learn from each other outside of the classroom. Check out the BSV Events Calendar tab (above) for upcoming volunteer gatherings!

Honoring our Volunteers

Each winter, the Berkeley Public Schools Fund gathers our education community to celebrate its commitment to students with a special early evening reception, featuring a feast of delicious food and drink, live music, and a recognition program. This year, both teachers and volunteers will be honored.

Staying Connected to our Volunteers

BSV stays connected to our volunteer community through periodic emails with updates, opportunities, and the occasional volunteer story or tip.

In addition, the tremendous work of our volunteer community is regularly spotlighted in the Schools Fund e-newsletter. Click here to read the latest Schools Fund e-newsletter.

If you want to pitch an idea for a BSV-related article, email Director of Programs Duffy Ross,

Asking for Regular Feedback from our Volunteers

Our volunteers know better than anyone how BSV could sharpen its tools to deepen our impact!

Every spring, BSV surveys its volunteers as well as its Host Teachers to find out what’s been working, what needs tightening, and what should be prioritized for the coming year. Read a summary of our 2019 volunteer survey findings  here.




General Screening Requirements 

Requirement Details
Be 16 years of age (by first day of volunteering) Complete a Minor Permission Form, signed by Parent or Guardian
Present a government-issued photo ID  Typically done at new volunteer orientation
Have no record of sexual offenses BSV checks your name against a National Online Registry of Sex Offenders
Attend BSV’s new Volunteer Orientation and Equity Training (3 hours) For New Volunteers: Complete both before finalizing placement

For Returning Volunteers: Complete equity training within first 2 months of the school year


Additional Screening Requirements for Specific Placements ONLY

Condition Additional Screening Requirements
…for those volunteering outside the supervision of a certificated teacher (exs: afterschool programs, elementary libraries)
  1. Live Scan Fingerprinting with DOJ/FBI background check, using BSV’s Live Scan Form
…for those volunteering in a BUSD pre-school/CDC
  1. Live Scan Fingerprinting with DOJ/FBI background check, using BSV’s Live Scan Form
  2. Negative Tuberculosis Test (or Risk Assessment) – from past 60 days; valid for 4 years
  3. Documentation of Vaccinations for Influenza, dTap, and MMR
…for those volunteering more than 3 days a week (or more than 90 days in a year) 
  1. Negative Tuberculosis Test (or Risk Assessment) – from past 60 days; valid for 4 years


General Screening Requirements

There are none. As per California’s Education Code, parents may arrange volunteering directly with their child’s classroom teacher and jump right in!

If parents wish to volunteer in a different classroom other than that of their child, they would then be considered “Community Volunteers” and the above BSV screening requirements would apply.