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Volunteer Application Process
All volunteers must apply and be approved before they can begin volunteering

Thank you for your willingness to volunteer with Lake Washington School District. To ensure the safety of our students and staff, all individuals must go through the district’s volunteer application process and be approved before beginning a volunteer assignment. The application process includes a background check through Washington State Patrol.

Complete the application
Volunteer Application Process for Parents
Volunteers who are parents of students in the district have the choice of applying online through Parent Access, using a fillable pdf, or through the standard paper application.
Online volunteer application instructions are posted in the Parent Access section of this website, and are also discussed in the video below. Fillable pdf and paper application instructions are available in the Volunteer Application Process for Community Members and Relatives section.

How parents can apply to volunteer in Lake Washington School District

Volunteer Application Process for Community Members and Relatives
Community members, relatives, and parents who cannot complete an online application can either complete a fillable pdf and email the Volunteer Application or print out a paper application. Please follow the following instructions, or view the brief video to help you complete the volunteer application:

  1. Click on this link for the Volunteer Application Packet (Spanish)
    • If you choose to use the fillable PDF, please save it to your computer before completing the required sections.
    • If you choose to use the paper version, print out the application and complete all of the required sections.
    • Include your email address in order to receive notification of approval.
  2. Thoroughly read the Volunteer Handbook (Spanish)
    When you sign your application manually or electronically, you are agreeing to the guidelines and expectations outlined in the handbook
  3. Attach a copy of your driver’s license or other legal photo identification to your application
    The application requires a copy of your driver’s license or other photo ID that includes your legal name, date of birth, height, and weight. This helps to verify your identity in the background check process.
    • The school can make a copy of your photo ID for you.
    • You can take a picture of your driver’s license with a phone or digital camera.
  4. Submit your application
    Turn in your completed paper application to the school where you wish to volunteer or the district Resource Center. You may also email the pdf to 
    volunteers@lwsd.org, or mail a hard copy to the district office (Attn: Volunteer Office) at P.O. Box 97039, Redmond, WA 98073-9739.
 
How community members and relatives can apply to volunteer in LWSD

Volunteer Application Process for Students
Students in grades K-12 who would like to volunteer in schools other than their own should submit a Student Volunteer Application form. Instructions for applying are discussed in the video and text below:

  1. Click on this link for the Student Volunteer Application
  2. If you choose to use the fillable PDF, please save it to your computer before completing the required sections.
  3. If you choose to use a paper version, print out the application and complete all of the required sections.
  4. Obtain all necessary signatures: student, student's parent or guardian (if student is under 18), and the student's school counselor or principal.
  5. Turn in your completed application to the school office where you wish to volunteer, or the district Resource Center. You may also email an electronic copy to volunteers@lwsd.org, or mail a hard copy to the district office (Attn: Volunteer Office) at P.O. Box 97039, Redmond, WA 98073-9739.
How students can apply to volunteer in
Lake Washington School District

Approval process
When all of your volunteer application materials have been received, the volunteer office will perform the background check, which is required by law, through the Washington State Patrol system. The approval process can take up to two weeks from the time your application was received by the volunteer office.

If you provided an email address on your application, you will receive an email confirmation when your application has been approved. Volunteer approval is not school-specific. Once you are approved, you can volunteer anywhere in the district and your name will be added to the approved volunteers list, which all schools have access to.

Check your approval status
Schools can check to see if your volunteer application is still current. Ask a staff member in the school office or a teacher to see if your name is on the approved volunteers list. You can also contact the Volunteer Office to check your approval status at (425) 936-1270 or send an email to volunteers@lwsd.org.

When to reapply
Volunteer approval is valid for two years. After two years, you must reapply. You will receive notification by email that it’s time to reapply when you are approaching your volunteer approval expiration.

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