San José Unified is an open-minded partner, committed to establishing a positive, collaborative relationship with every family. We’re proud to provide unique opportunities and resources for families to engage with and participate in elevating opportunities for your students.
Our Parent Portal is the best way to stay informed about all aspects of your child’s education.
- If you received your Parent Portal activation email and are accessing it for the first time, follow these instructions.
- If you need to reset your Parent Portal password or if you’ve never accessed your Parent Portal account before, but have an email on file, follow these instructions
Household Income Information
San José Unified needs household income information from families to maintain eligibility for supplemental state and federal funding. Our schools qualify for approximately $25 million in supplemental funding based on household income information.
Each household will receive a unique link by email to complete the online form. The form will be pre-populated with your student’s information and should take less than five minutes to complete. Families who prefer a paper form may request one from their school’s front office.
Please complete the form by August 31, 2021. Students whose families complete the household income information form by August 31, 2021, will have the cost of all AP and/or IB exams for their student(s) reduced to $5.
We welcome volunteers who help our teachers and staff elevate opportunities for students. Please review the following processes and complete this online application.
- New Volunteers
If this is your first time volunteering for San José Unified:
- Complete an online application
- Get a TB test. (See FAQ below to find out where you can go.)
- Click here or call (408) 535-6139 ext. 15030 to make an appointment for fingerprinting.
- On the day of your appointment, please bring: your TB test results (must be within 60 days of your appointment); a valid picture ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.); AND $10 cash or check (no credit cards).
Once your fingerprints have been cleared by the Department of Justice and FBI, you will receive an email confirmation letting you know that you have been cleared to volunteer.
Please note: If you plan to drive students in your volunteer role, you must also complete a Volunteer Driver Packet.
- Returning Volunteers
All volunteers must complete this process every year:
- Complete an online application.
- You will receive an email confirmation once you are cleared to volunteer. Human Resources will contact you if updated TB results or additional steps are needed to process your application.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where can I find a volunteer packet and guidelines?
What types of ID’s are accepted?
Any form of valid photo ID is accepted (e.g. U.S. State ID or Driver’s License, ID from country of origin, passport, student ID, ACR card, etc.)
How do I know my fingerprints have cleared? An approval e-mail is sent.
How long does it take to receive fingerprinting clearance?
Clearance may take up to a maximum of 30 days. If you don’t receive an e-mail within 30 days, please call us at (408) 535-6139 ext. 15030
I’ve had my fingerprints done for another school district. Do I need to do them again through you?
Yes. We do not accept fingerprint confirmations from other agencies, companies or school districts.
Where do my fingerprints go?
Fingerprints go to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to check for any past criminal records. We need to receive clearances from both agencies in order to approve your volunteer request.
Does my fingerprint information go to immigration agencies?
No. This information only goes to the DOJ and FBI. We are not interested in knowing the immigration status of a volunteer applicant.
If my school wants to take care of the fingerprinting fee, what can we do?
The Principal or Budget Control Administrator at the school must complete and sign an Expense Transfer Form. You must bring this with you to your fingerprinting appointment.
How often should fingerprinting be done?
As long as you continue to volunteer each year with San José Unified, you will not need to be fingerprinted again. If you have a break in service from volunteering for more than two years, then we will ask that you complete the new volunteer steps again, including fingerprinting and your TB test.
Where can I get a TB test done?
TB tests can be done through your own medical provider at your own expense. There are many clinics that perform TB testing at a low cost. There is a TB clinic conveniently located across the street from the District Office at the Santa Clara County Health Department.
How often should TB test be done?
Skin or blood tests should be updated every four (4) years. Chest X-Rays (CXR) need to be updated every 10 years.
Can I volunteer at multiple school sites during the same school year?
Yes. Fingerprinting clears you for any school inside San José Unified. To volunteer at multiple schools you need to complete a volunteer form for each school site and have it approved by each school’s principal.
San José Unified believes that family engagement is an essential component in the educational success of students. We are committed to establishing a positive, collaborative relationship with every family. We also acknowledge that the adults in our students’ families aspire to learn how to actively engage in their children’s education, both at home and at school.
Our Office of Family Engagement provides capacity-building opportunities such as classes and workshops that build on the knowledge base and experiences that families bring with them. These learning opportunities are interactive and linked to student learning.
- Family University
Our Family University program offers a series of classes and workshops over the course of a single Saturday, when parents can get support and tips for everything from reading with their students to helping them apply for college.
- Parenting Classes
Discover strategies to improve communication and build skills that will lead to school and family success. Families can choose to participate in any of the following series: Loving Solutions, Love and Logic, and the Parent Project.
To register, please call at (408) 535-6404 ext. 14324.
- Computer Classes
Learn how to create and use an email account, access the Parent Portal, and how to teach your family internet safety.
- English Classes
We are pleased to offer free English classes for all San José Unified family members. Classes begin in September and focus on beginning and intermediate levels of English language development.
- College Aspirations
Join Us K-5th Families
- Parent Liaisons
Our Parent Liaisons help us promote classes and other engagement programs to San José Unified families. You will see them at principal’s coffees and other school site events, as well as maintaining office bulletin boards and other resources for learning about family engagement programs.
To learn more about becoming a Parent Liaison, please contact the Family Engagement Department at (408) 535-6404 ext. 14324.
- Canvas “How to” Videos
- How to download the Canvas Parent app on iOS
- How to download the Canvas Parent app on Android
- How to set up a Canvas Parent account and link it to your student (also available as a PDF)
- How to navigate Canvas courses as an observer
- How to use Canvas calendar as an observer
- How to reset your password as an observer
- Tips for Parents
There are a number of ways to get more involved at your school and have a voice in school and district policies and initiatives. The first step is to contact your principal and learn more about the opportunities your school has to offer. Training for the committees listed below is available at the Fall Session of Family University: Leading Together.
- Parent Teacher Associations (PTA)
Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) bring together a variety of volunteer stakeholders to advocate for the education, welfare, health, and safety of all children. These groups are generally organized at the school site level as an avenue to help parents and teachers cooperate in the education of our students and develop united efforts to elevate opportunities for all.
The San José Unified Council of PTAs provides leadership training and a forum to allow local PTA/PTSAs to work together on district-wide issues. Each PTA/PTSA Unit is a member of the San Jose Council.
For more information, please visit the San Jose Unified Council of PTAs website.
- School-Connected Organizations (SCO)
Parents, guardians, or community members may wish to establish organizations for the purpose of supporting the educational and/or extracurricular programs of San José Unified and our schools. We support these activities and welcome your interest and participation.
Please review this handbook for establishing or renewing a School-Connected Organization.
NOTE: PTAs do not need to complete this process. Please see above for more information.
- School Site Councils
School Site Councils (SSC) are composed of parents, teachers, and the principal. In middle and high schools, students can also be members. Their peers must elect the committee members.
The SSC is responsible for recommending the proposed Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) to the Board of Education for approval. The SPSA outlines the school’s instructional program and how it works to improve student achievement. It also ties the school’s funding/expenditures to student needs.
The SSC also reviews school programs to make sure they meet federal and state guidelines and reviews school data to help evaluation the effectiveness in raising student achievement.
Please contact your school principal for more information about your school’s SSC.
- School English Learners Advisory Committees
Each school with more than 20 English Learner students has an established English Learners Advisory Committee (SELAC). It may be a sub-committee of the School Site Council (SSC). The parents of English Learner students elect SELAC members, and members of the SELAC serve on the District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC).
The SELAC is responsible for advising the principal and staff on the development of a master plan for bilingual education for the individual school and submitting the plan to the Board of Education for consideration for inclusion in the district’s master plan. The SELAC is also responsible for assisting in the development of the school needs assessment, language census, and ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.
Please contact your school principal to learn about how to join the SELAC.
We are committed to addressing each issue in a timely manner and resolving incidents in the best interest of your family and San José Unified. You can follow these steps to resolve issues and concerns:
- Contact your child’s teacher. Teachers are a tremendous resource for helping students and parents.
- If your concern has not been addressed to your satisfaction, make an appointment to meet with the principal. The principal is in a position to provide additional resources, support, and perspectives that are critical for creating a common understanding and solution. You must meet with the principal before district staff will become involved.
- If you feel the resolution from the teacher and principal is not satisfactory, please contact the San José Unified Student Services Department at (408) 535-6195.
- Safety Tip Line
As part of San José Unified’s continuing efforts to maintain a safe and welcoming environment at our schools, we have established a dedicated Safety Tip Line at (408) 535-4783.
We encourage students, employees, and community members to use this resource to report safety issues such as dangerous rumors, drug use, theft, harassment, gang activities, existence of weapons, and vandalism. The tip line should also be used to report theft of district resources, falsification, kickbacks, or bribes.
Safety Tip Line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous, and calls will not be traced. Calls will be routed to our school security officers, who will contact principals and, if necessary, the San José Unified Police Department.