COVID: Suspending Volunteer Service
As we continue to plan for our return to in-person learning and seek to provide a safe environment for students, staff, and guests, we are evaluating ways to minimize potential exposure to COVID-19. As a result, we are temporarily and indefinitely suspending volunteer service at all D49 locations.
We recognize the valuable contributions of our volunteers and look forward to welcoming you back to our schools in the future. We do not know when that will happen. However, when it does, we will notify our volunteers.
For those who no longer wish to be on the volunteer list, please contact Chris Bettencourt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Chris Bettencourt, HR Assistant, or me if you have any concerns or questions regarding volunteers.
Human Resources Manager
Volunteer Opportunities in District 49
Volunteers are an important and integral part of our education system and community. They work alongside our staff and students to assist in achieving their success by providing support and enhancements to our academic, athletic and other programs. There are many ways you can get involved with District 49; volunteering is an excellent way to engage in our schools!
It is a two-step process if you are interested in becoming a volunteer with District 49.
First, complete the background check application. This can be completed on a computer or mobile device. You will be required to provide each address you have lived at, along with the dates you lived there, for the past ten years. The cost is $5.00 and you can pay with any major credit card. Volunteer background checks are only valid as described:
- If a background check is completed between July 1 and Feb 28, the background check is valid through June 30.
- If a background check is completed between March 1 and June 30, the background check is valid until June 30 of the following year.
For example, if a background check is completed August 17, 2019, it is valid until June 30, 2020. If a background check is completed March 23, 2020, it is valid until June 30, 2021. If you volunteer for multiple school years, you will need to complete a new background check and pay the associated fee for each year you volunteer based on the parameters listed above.
Once the background check application has been submitted, please return to this page and complete step two by filling out a volunteer application. Please include a personal email address in your application so you can be informed of your volunteer approval status. Please allow at least 72 hours for your background check and volunteer application to be reviewed and approved.
All personal data and background check information remains confidential. As part of standard school safety practices, all volunteers and visitors to District 49 schools must provide a photo ID each time they visit any district facility.
Please note, if you have visited the Human Resources department in the past to physically have your fingerprints rolled to be a volunteer, you do not need to complete a background check as listed above; that background check is valid indefinitely.
If you have any questions regarding the volunteer process or to verify whether or not you are an approved volunteer, please contact the Human Resources department at 719-495-1100.
Complete your online background check by clicking here.
Start Background Check Application
Complete your online volunteer application, by clicking here.
Start Volunteer Application
Santa's Toy Express focuses on on forming 49 exceptional experiences, mostly for children 4 to 8 years old, recommended from the district’s elementary schools in northeast Colorado Springs and the Falcon area of El Paso County. After receiving a warm breakfast, children board buses with sponsors and travel a mile east to Wal-Mart with gift cards. Many join Santa Claus in singing Christmas carols along the way.
Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) is a one-of-a-kind, school-based father involvement program that works to support education and safety. “I feel it’s up to the parents, especially the dads, to be protectors of the kids,” said Bruce Hicks, while patrolling recess activities and occasionally speaking softly to a child looking sad. “I look for kids who are alone on the playground, and I tell them, ‘let’s go get you some friends.’ … I don’t like bullies, so I try to be the opposite.”