Hours for Ours
As we start planning for this coming year, we would like to invite everyone to consider volunteering at St. John School. There are a wide variety of volunteering opportunities and areas in which your expertise and experience can be put to good use. Moreover, studies show that parental involvement in a child’s education is one of the most important factors in raising student self-esteem and academic achievement. We realize, however, that each of our families is unique – with its own priorities, needs, talents, and time constraints – and so we try to provide as many different kinds of opportunities for parental involvement as possible.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to help support St. John School. We understand that finding the time can be difficult. The PTO and the school have many different volunteer opportunities available to help you fulfill your commitment to the students of St. John School.
A minimum of 20 volunteer hours is required for a two-parent family and a minimum of 10 hours for a one-parent family. This requirement is fulfilled by accepting a PTO Board member position or an event coordinator position. Room parents will receive 20 hours of credit. If your hours have not been completed at the end of the year, you will be charged at a rate of $5.00 per outstanding hour. In the event you are unable to fulfill your required volunteer hours or would like to forgo volunteering, you may pay a fee upfront to help defray costs. The fee is $300 for a two-parent family and $150 for a one-parent family.
Policies for Parent Volunteers
As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check and complete VIRTUS training prior to working in the school. This includes parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities. Parents are encouraged to promptly complete the online application process.