Getting Started

Parents and community members are encouraged to support education by volunteering at Chollas-Mead Elementary School. Our volunteer coordinator is our Vice Principal, Mrs. Lewis. All volunteer work must be done under the direction of an assigned teacher, site volunteer coordinator, principal or vice principal. Volunteers must comply with the district's volunteer screening requirements.

Parents/Guardians/Community members interested in volunteering should:

  1. Comply with appropriate volunteer screening requirements. (English) (Spanish)
  2. Complete and return a school volunteer application. (English) (Spanish)
  3. Read and acknowledge understanding of the Volunteer Code of Conduct: (English) (Spanish)
  4. Provide results of Tuberculin skin test.

Volunteer Program

The Volunteer Program provides support and guidance to schools to help them facilitate their parent and community engagement programs. Currently, more than 29,000 volunteers work in a variety of capacities in the San Diego Unified School District.

These volunteers - parents, guardians, grandparents, business/community partners, community members, the military, K-12 and college students, senior citizens, and others - represent the economic, social, racial, religious and educational backgrounds within the San Diego community.

Volunteers act as tutors/mentors, provide assistance in the classroom, and with fundraising efforts for school foundations, field trips, etc.

SDUSD Administrative Procedure 4595 outlines procedures for school volunteer programs. In order to provide students with a safe environment and allow for a variety of opportunities for volunteering, volunteer participation is classified into four categories. Depending on the category, certain screening processes must be completed by district staff prior to volunteering. Volunteer Screening Requirements: English Spanish

Volunteer Activities and Opportunities

Opportunities at the School Level

Volunteers can help support education through a wide range of school-related opportunities, including:

-Classroom assistance
-Field Trip Chaperone
-Organization involvement (PTA, School Site Council, etc.)

School Site Council (SCC)

The SCC is an elected decision-making group comprised of parents, community members, site administrators, and other staff. At the secondary level, students are included. The SCC has an ongoing responsibility to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the site plan. The SCC also oversees all the categorical funds such as Title 1, Second Language and GATE.

Site Governance Team (STG)

Each school has a SGT to act as its advisory body on issues other than major categorical programs.

Opportunities At Home

When schools work together with families and the community, children will succeed not just in school, but in just about anything they do in life. Research shows that when parents are actively involved with their children's education, students' grades are higher, their self-esteem is greater, and they are more socially adjusted. The most accurate indicator of a student's academic success in school is not tied to family income or social status, but the extent to which a family:-Creates a home environment that encourages learning-Sets high, but realistic achievement and career expectations-Becomes involved in their child's education and in the community.

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