Before You Volunteer




To become eligible to volunteer, you must first be approved through Chatham County Schools.

New Volunteers should complete an online application. You must reapply every year! Volunteers that were approved for the 2018-2019 school year should renew your approval for the 2019-2020 school year. 


Prior to volunteering in the schools, please read the volunteer handbook, which outlines the policies and procedures for volunteers.


Applications may be updated as needed after they are initially submitted. In the interest of student safety, volunteer duties that potentially allow unsupervised interactions with students (Level 1) require a criminal background check. The district will conduct background checks after the necessary paperwork has been submitted online. Prior approval must be granted before volunteers participate in Level 1 activities, and we will inform applicants about their approval status via email.


Please note, you must submit your application a minimum of 2-weeks prior to the field trip/volunteer date.  It could take 2 days (minimum) up to 2 or more weeks for our background check company to process your criminal records check.  


If you have questions about the volunteer application process, contact Ms. Norma Boone, Executive Director for Induction and Title II, at 919-542-3626 or Click here for more information.





Visit the Parent Involvement Sign Up page to sign up for opportunities throughout the school year. By signing up through the PTA website, you will receive an email confirmation for your assignment, as well as a reminder email for most events.


Be sure to read the PTA newsletter, Anchors Away, each Sunday. Parent Involvement opportunities are often listed here, along with the link to sign up on the PTA website.


If you are interested in volunteering in your child's classroom, please work with your individual teacher on determining classroom needs. When needed, requests for field trip chaperones will also come from your child's teacher.





Volunteers can park in the front lot at Perry Harrison. If arriving after 1pm through dismissal, park in the gravel lot to the side of the school to avoid the car rider line at dismissal time in the main lot. Always enter through the main doors and plan on arriving a few minutes before your scheduled volunteer time. Head to the main office where you will check in on the computer. Once checked in, head to your volunteer opportunity! Don't forget to check out on the same computer in the main office on your way out.




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