Volunteer Services Frequently Asked Questions
I'm a parent. Why do I have to go through the volunteer application process?
For the safety of our students and staff, anyone who is in our buildings and NOT a Saint Louis Public Schools employee must be background checked through the Office of Volunteer Services. We appreciate your help in keeping our buildings safe and welcoming!
Are there fees associated with processing my application?
No. The district absorbs all costs associated with processing applications, provided they are submitted directly to the SLPS Volunteer Services Department.
How long does the process take?
We request that you allow us at least 2 weeks to process your application. Thanks for your patience!
How long does my approval last?
Once approved, your approval lasts two years from that date. Example: Approval – January 2018 / Renewal – January 2020.
How do I know I have been approved?
Notice of your approval will be sent to the school that you request, so be sure to keep in touch with the Family & Community Specialist at your school!
What if I don’t want to provide my Social Security number?
Unfortunately, applications cannot be processed without this information. Your full Social Security number must be provided so that we can run a background check for the safety of our students.
What happens if there’s something negative on my background check? Who decides if I can volunteer?
Not all negative reports are denied! All negative cases are reviewed by the SLPS District Attorney on a case-by-case basis.
What can I do if my application has been denied?
If you believe your application has been denied in error, please contact the SLPS District Attorney.
Have a question that wasn't answered here? Contact the Office of Volunteer Services -
Director, Volunteer and Mentoring Services