Thank you for your interest in conducting the observation hours required by your Educator Preparation Program in Houston ISD. Follow the instructions below to initiate a student observer criminal background check before reporting to an HISD campus. The process can take up to two weeks from submission to final approval.
REQUIRED: A signed approval form from either an ACP, college, or university program stating the need to complete observation hours or field experience is required.
Phase 1: Complete the Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Application
Student Observers must register and receive approval through the VIPS system
To initiate the process, click HERE
After completing online orientation, you will be prompted to complete your VIPS registration and undergo a background check in order to receive approval.
Phase 2: Criminal Background Check
The background check can take up to 2 weeks to complete.
Phase 3: Approval
Once you are APPROVED, you will receive an approval email from firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your approved status. You will have the option to create your own personal Raptor Portal Volunteer Account, however, the approval email is all you need for official clearance.
Phase 4: Find a Campus
Upon approval, student observers may contact any HISD campus to complete observation hours.
You must present your Educational Preparation Program approval form along with the VIPS clearance email to the school(s) where you conduct your observation hours.