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Volunteering at BHS

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Thank you BHS families!

Please refer to the many different ways to volunteer below and show your support for the BHS PTSA and Ballard High School.

Thank you to all the volunteers that have supported us this school year!

Reminder: Visitors and Volunteers must sign in in the Main Office and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours. Home tests will be accepted. Same day rapid antigen tests are highly recommended.

Volunteer Opportunities!

We Need Parent/Guardian Volunteers for End of the Year Laptop Returns

BHS Students Return Laptops & Chargers with Laptop icon and hands and keyboard

We need parent/guardian volunteers to assist our hard-working staff, with Ballard HS sudent laptop return in June for Senior Check Out Day as well as Grades 9 – 11 last days of the school year. 

Laptop Returns Help Needed

  • Friday, June 10 (Class of 2022 Last Day) short shifts starting at 8:45am.
  • Thursday, June 16 short shifts starting at 8:45am.
  • Friday, June 17 short shifts starting at 8:45am.

Please consider signing up for a shift or 2!

Interested in Robotics?

We are looking for a volunteer to lead the Unified Robotics afterschool club at Ballard in the fall! This club promotes social inclusion to ensure special education and general education students are equitably engaged. This position would start in the fall and would require a 90- minute commitment on one day for 10 weeks.

For more information, contact 

Junior Parents Needed to Chaperone SPREE

SPREE Candy Roll for the Class of 2022

SPREE is an all-night event that the PTSA organizes for seniors that takes them to 2 secret locations on the night of graduation. We need chaperones to accompany the seniors throughout the night, supervising to ensure their safety and helping with a variety of activities. We ask Junior parents to be the ones to staff the event to allow Senior parents to do their own celebrations. Please reach out to one of the parent organizers, Monica Ganyard, at for more information or you can just sign up. SPREE Chaperone Sign Up

Clothing Donations Needed in Nurse Office

Consider donating to the BHS Nurse Office new or clean used clothes different sizes tops and bottoms for students. Your student can drop off at the Main Office or Nurse’s Office, or email and we can make sure it gets to the right person! Thank you for your help!

Volunteers will be required to complete a video training and follow health and safety protocols. In order to reduce risk to students, all volunteers will be required to be vaccinated and be prepared to show card or picture of card if asked as well as wear a mask.

Refer to the SPS Volunteer Information and Application page.

All on going volunteers and chaperones must complete the online paperwork prior to volunteering directly with students. Please complete your application at least (2) weeks before you plan to volunteer.

If you’ve signed up to be a volunteer before, you can check your status at the SPS Volunteer Portal.

Contact Sarah Visser, PTSA Volunteer Coordinator at if you have any questions at all.

Complete the SPS Online Volunteer Online Paperwork

Note: The following items will be needed (Emergency contact and Phone, Two references, Government photo ID (uploaded), and certificate of completing the SPSAdult Sexual Misconduct (ASM) Prevention Training video).

Please Note: If you have not lived in WA State for the past (3) years you will need to complete a national background check.

Thank you again Ballard HS Families Ballard HS has a strong sense of community and is well supported by an outstanding staff and a robust PTSA.

Volunteers will be required to complete a video training and follow health and safety protocols. In order to reduce risk to students, all volunteers will be required to be vaccinated. More information is on the district Volunteer page.

If you would like to be considered for future opportunities, please email our volunteer coordinator Sarah Visser at

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!