No vaccine required for volunteers
Governor Inslee has announced in October that the “... [COVID] vaccination requirements for health care and education workers will end …” October 31, 2022. Effective November 1, 2022, we will not be requiring volunteers to report their vaccination status. We are welcoming all volunteers back into our schools and at our events and are no longer limiting the number of volunteers we are accepting.If you are volunteering one time ONLY, such as a guest speaker, you can be approved by the school at which you're volunteering. Please contact the school directly in order to volunteer and be cleared.If you plan to be a volunteer for events throughout the school year or continuously in the classroom or with athletics, you need to apply to volunteer through the portal at this link. We ask that you provide at least two weeks before the event to process your application. The school will let you know when you are cleared.For step-by-step instructions for submitting a volunteer application, click here.
No vaccine required for volunteers at outside activities
On May 20, Gov. Inslee updated the vaccine requirement for schools, stating that "a volunteer who engages primarily in outdoor work" is not required to be vaccinated. Based on that update, if a volunteer is primarily serving outside, such as for a field day or greeting students in the bus loop, they do not need to show proof of vaccination at this time. They can still check in and out inside the building.
Expanding volunteer opportunities
We are thankful for our volunteers, who are critical to student success. So far this year, in order to promote safety and meet COVID-19 safety guidelines, we’ve allowed only those volunteers who support essential after-school programs and services that can’t be performed without volunteer support. With current safety guidelines, and current capacity to approve volunteers, we’re expanding volunteer access beginning Feb. 1, recognizing the benefit of volunteer-based school-day programs.
On a limited basis and with principal approval, we’re accepting applications for volunteers to support these specific programs during the school day (vary by school):
- WATCH D.O.G.S. or similar program
- Art docent
- Assembly support
Per the governor’s proclamation, volunteers in our schools must follow all applicable COVID-19 safety guidelines and be vaccinated or receive medical or religious accommodation through the District’s Human Resources Department. If you’re interested in volunteering for one of the programs listed above, please contact your child’s school.
Applications for on-site, school-day volunteers paused
We are thankful for our volunteers, who fill an important role in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District. As we start the 2021-22 school year with COVID-19 health and safety measures in place, we’re temporarily pausing accepting applications for on-site, school-day volunteers. Please know, volunteers are still very much valued and critical to student success. We will revisit this temporary pause late next month and communicate any new information. In the meantime, we allow visitors on campus for less than 15 minutes per day. Thank you for your patience as we work to make sure our district facilities remain safe and healthy for students and staff.
We will engage parents, community partners and staff to support quality education for all students by motivating and empowering active participation, a spirit of involvement and a culture of mutual respect.