1. Sign up online
Somerville Public Schools strives to match volunteers with meaningful opportunities that will best support student learning and meet the needs of the whole child/student. If interested in serving regularly (at least once a week) please self-register. This helps to match you with an opportunity that fits your skills and interests, allows SPS to document and demonstrate impact on student learning and well-being, and share out district volunteer opportunities.
2. Attend a Volunteer Orientation
Looking to serve at least one hour a week? Our next Volunteer Orientation is Thursday, April 27 from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Email JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us to RSVP and for directions. This orientation is live and in person!
3. Submit your CORI Form and proof of COVID-19 vaccination
For the safety of all students, families and staff, all volunteers age 18 or older are required to have an approved CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) with Somerville Public Schools every school year. Regardless of time commitment, volunteer activity (including remote and out-of-school time volunteering), or location, Volunteers serving with an SPS activity must have an approved CORI with SPS. SPS is returning to pre-COVID CORI protocols. Parents/Guardians of SPS: CORIs may be submitted in person at your school's main office during school hours or via JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us in person by appointment. New community volunteers: Please sign up for a Volunteer Orientation if you'd like to volunteer regularly; CORIs will be submitted in person then.
For information about MA CORI regulation and your CORI rights visit https://www.mass.gov/doc/cori-booklet/download. Volunteers without a Social Security Number are permitted to volunteer; volunteers without government-issued ID may submit a personal identification attestation form. Volunteers serving in person must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Acceptable proof of vaccination include: CDC vaccination card, photo of CDC vaccination card, or State vaccination record or digital vaccine passport (this varies by state).
This Guide outlines Somerville Public Schools' practices for all volunteers and the expectations SPS educators and staff have as you serve with a Somerville school. Volunteers matched for remote tutoring or mentoring will be asked to review and sign the SPS Guidelines and Confidentiality Agreement.