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When Licton Springs K-8 began as Alternative School #1 more than 45 years ago, it was founded by people who also understood that each child was endowed with unique gifts, and that the only way to nurture these gifts was for education to be connected to a community of caring and involved parents, family members, friends and volunteers.  We could not be the school we are today without the commitment of our families and volunteers who help out in the classroom, share their knowledge and experience with the students, chaperone, field trips, plan events, raise money, advocate for alternative education with the school district, interview teachers and staff, provide leadership and participate in governing the school, and support our students in more ways than we can count.

To All Volunteers and Chaperones:

Volunteer Badges are now available in the office.

If you believe you have turned in all the necessary forms and completed the online ASM training, stop by the office with your I.D.

  • If your paperwork and training is complete, we will check your ID and you will be given the official (pink) Volunteer Badge.   
  • If your paperwork and/or training is incomplete, we will inform you what is missing.

If you plan to Volunteer or Chaperone this year, and have not yet turned in paperwork, please do so as soon as possible. 

To chaperone, all paperwork and training must be complete and turned in 2 business days prior to the trip.

If you have any questions please contact the office staff: Carole or Maya at

All forms, and the video course are available on the district website

As a reminder, here are the requirements to Volunteer in Seattle Public Schools:

The following must be completed prior to volunteering at school:

  • Complete the Volunteer Application and background screening form 
  • Take the Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention – online course and submit the completion certificate
  • Complete the Volunteer Agreement, translated forms available in the English, Somali, Amharic Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog Vietnamese
  • Volunteer Policy 5630 (Volunteers)
  • if you plan on chaperoning on a field trip there is a field trip guidelines form we have available in the office, and if you will drive students on a field trip there is a driving form that we need filled out for every trip. 

Completed packets can be emailed to faxed to 206-252-6001, or brought into the office.

We know your time is valuable, and we appreciate you sharing it with us

How to Apply to Volunteer with Seattle Public Schools

Why Volunteer in Your Child’s School?

  • Higher grades, test scores & graduation rates
  • Better attendance
  • Increased motivation & self-esteem

Checklist for New Volunteers

Visit our volunteer website to:

  • Review volunteer handbook
  • Complete online training
  • Apply securely online
  • Background check required

Questions? Contact your school office or visit Volunteer

Additional Steps for Certain Volunteer Roles

The following volunteer roles require a national background check, regardless of how long the volunteer has resided in Washington:

  1. Unsupervised volunteers who work with children regularly (including remote/virtual volunteers).
  2. Volunteers chaperoning overnight field trips longer than three days.
  3. Volunteers involved in any sports or gym activities coordinated by the school (for Athletics see *).

If situations 2 or 3 apply to you, visit the volunteer website to learn more.

* Important: Athletic coaches must apply via SPS Athletics Department.

Sports Safety

All gym and sports volunteers must be current on CPR, First Aid, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Concussion Courses.

Field Trips

Field trip volunteers supervise students. Once approved to volunteer, request additional forms from the field trip organizer to review and acknowledge your important responsibilities.

Keeping Students Safe

Child Abuse Prevention

Nationally, one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before age 18. Volunteers help to protect children by learning to recognize and report potential abuse.

At SPS, each volunteer completes an online Sexual Misconduct Prevention training before start of their service.

Criminal Background Check

  • If you have lived in Washington State for the past three (3) years, SPS will complete your state background check at no cost to you.
  • If you came to Washington from another state in the past three years, you will need to purchase a one-time national background check.

New or newly returned to the U.S.?

Visit the SPS Volunteer page for more information.

Why is there a fee for out-of-state background checks?

Unlike our state, the federal government does not provide schools with free screening tools. SPS selected a vendor to offer secure, affordable background checks for the volunteers who need them ($21 in most cases).

Frequently Asked Questions

I completed an online application in the fall of 2019. Do I have to reapply this year?

Your online application is still on file so please do not create a new application. On your second volunteer anniversary, you will receive an email with log-in instructions to update your application.

Can I use my smart phone to apply?

Yes! Our online volunteer application is smart-phone friendly!

Thank you for helping create safe schools, and for your generous donation of time and talent!