Volunteer

Volunteers are able to connect and inspire students at Bloomington Public Schools. Your time, energy, and positive presence as a volunteer will make a world of difference in the lives of every student. There are a number of ways to volunteer at BPS, including serving on an advisory council, working directly with students and staff, tutoring after school and many more.


 

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Volunteer Connection

Volunteer Connection programs offer opportunities to assist students and staff in various ways. However, to keep our schools safe and secure all volunteers must complete the following 3-step process prior to entering the building. If you do not complete all of the steps, you will not be allowed to volunteer.

  • College students
  • Parents and family members
  • Community members
  • Americorp members
  • Page Scholars
  • Student Teachers
  • Etc.

  • K-12, classroom assistant, general education and special education (duties may vary)
  • Study Buddies Tutor: after-school and evenings, November - April
  • Lunchroom aides
  • Media center assistance
  • Other!

How to Become a Volunteer

Per District Policy 906, volunteers are required to complete the following 3-steps prior to entering the building. Volunteers and visitors are not cleared until all steps are completed.

Watch the orientation video and read the volunteer handbook.

Complete the online volunteer application. If you completed the application process last school year, your application is still active. If you are unsure, please contact your school or Volunteer Connection.

Once your application is reviewed, you will receive an email from Trusted Employees to complete a background check. This may take one to three days to complete. This step is time sensitive and must be completed within seven days of receiving the email.

There are multiple exemptions for completing a background check including one-time volunteers, student volunteers, current BPS staff, etc. Please contact the Volunteer Connection office regarding any questions.

Programs and Services

Free tutoring is available through our Study Buddies program. This is free tutoring for all Bloomington students in grades K-12, for help with reading and math support, and other class work. Study Buddies offers 30-minute tutoring sessions after school and evenings November through April. Sign-Up link is below.

Study Buddies Dates: Nov. 7, 2023 - April 23, 2024
Penn Lake Library: Tuesdays, 4 - 5 p.m.
Oxboro Library: Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Study Buddies Flyer

Study Buddies Sign-Up

BPS staff may request a volunteer to help in the classroom. To do so, please email Volunteer Connection.

Contact

Emily Gagnon
Volunteer Experiences Coordinator
egagnon@isd271.org
952-681-6383


 

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Education Foundation of Bloomington

The Education Foundation of Bloomington helps meet the educational needs of students of Bloomington Public Schools. EFB supports our students and staff through programs like Children's Food for Thought, Student Success Stipends, Innovation Grants and more. 

Education Foundation of Bloomington

Contact

Melissa Riebel
Education Foundation of Bloomington President
952-681-6103