We welcome family and community members to volunteer in our schools. Please review the following processes and complete this online application.
- New Volunteers
If this is your first time volunteering for San José Unified:
- Review our Volunteer Policies
- Complete the online application
- Get fingerprinted with San José Unified
All volunteers must have the following:
- TB clearance that is valid for the entire school year
- Fingerprint/background check clearance
After completing the online application, you will receive an email with instructions on next steps. You will be invited to complete fingerprinting with San José Unified after you have satisfied the other volunteer requirements. We will send an email confirmation once you are cleared to volunteer.
- Returning Volunteers
All volunteers must complete this process each year:
- Complete the online application.
We will send an email confirmation once you are cleared to volunteer.
- 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? We will send an email confirmation that you have been cleared to volunteer.
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 volunteer applicants.
Where can I get a TB test done?
TB tests can be done through your own medical provider and are 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. You only need to complete one online application even if you are volunteering at multiple schools.