Volunteers in Public Schools (V.I.P.S.)
An easy way to become involved in education is to be a part of the Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) program. No special skills are needed, although volunteers are encouraged to share any talents or interests they have.
Volunteers cannot replace the teachers or administrators, but they can supervise students as they arrive and depart the school grounds and during recess. They can plan or accompany teachers and students on field trips, introduce students to their own special talents, tutor students with extra needs, decorate the classrooms, help students plant a school garden and organize fundraising events for special school needs. While they are helping the school, these volunteers can make great strides in helping our community and our students realize their potential.
Being involved in the public schools doesn't have to mean traveling to the school and working with students during the school day. There are plenty of things parents and community members can do to support schools. One important way is to make sure that you attend school athletic, cultural or academic events. Here are more examples of how you can support our BISD schools:
- Take care of the classroom pets or plants during vacations
- Collect and send in materials for a classroom project
- Help make costumes, scenery or props
- Invite a class to your work site for a field trip
- Join the PTA
On May 10, 2010 the Texas Department of Public Safety sent school districts a new form that must be signed by each volunteer applicant before they can conduct a background check. This form gives the district permission to conduct a name and date of birth search only. The district is not requiring volunteer applicants to be fingerprinted. Bastrop ISD is not allowed to discuss any information obtained using the name search method, therefore we are offering applicants the opportunity to have a fingerprint search performed to clear any misidentification based on the name search. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and promise to incorporate this mandate as seamlessly as possible. Please remember that a new Volunteer Application is required each school year.