VOLUNTEERS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS (VIPS) – OVERVIEW
Be a VIPS!
The Volunteers in Public Schools program is an important component of our school community. Each year, parents, students and community partners support our school’s students and teachers by volunteering their time to help in school related functions and activities. VIPS come from all economic, ethnic and educational backgrounds. They serve as classroom assistants to teachers, tutors to students, they help work in the library, clinic, office, cafeteria, and provide other important support.
Important New Information, effective July 19, 2013
How can I become a VIPS?
All volunteers must register online. All volunteers must pass an annual criminal background check before they can participate as a volunteer.Please follow the steps below to become a VIPS:
Register online here.
Once you have registered, you must go in person to the school of interest and show proof of identification.
Identification information will go into our database for processing by the Volunteer Coordinator at each campus.
The criminal history background check can take 2-3 weeks to complete.
Once you are CLEARED to volunteer, you are eligible to volunteer throughout HISD.
What type of identification is accepted?
- Texas Driver’s License
- Official Passport
- Texas Identification Card
- Official U. S. Military ID
- Driver’s License (issued by any state in the U.S.)
- Matricula Consular
- Identification Card (issued by any state in the U.S.)
- Resident Alien Card
Our students benefit when we all volunteer!
"A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens - citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization." -- President George Bush