SPS Volunteer Requirements 2019/2020

Returning approved Bryant volunteers (New in 2019)

If you completed the SPS online volunteer application during the 2018/2019 school year, you are approved to volunteer for the 2019/2020 school year.

If you completed SPS online Day and Overnight Field Trip forms in 2018/2019, you are approved to chaperone field trips for the 2019/2020 school year.

You’ll receive an email from SPS confirming your volunteer status. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ann Marie Patterson if you do not receive this confirmation email.

New Bryant Parent Volunteers

Hello, new Bryant Parents! We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you as a volunteer. There are volunteer opportunities in the classroom, or serve as a field trip chaperone or participate in many exciting PTSA activities. There are a number of ways to volunteer. See volunteer opportunities page for some ideas. Do you have a special talent to share? Contact PTSA Parent Volunteer Coordinators Kathleen Brown and Renee Stanley.

Step 1: Go to: www.seattleschools.org/volunteer to complete requirements and the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) online Volunteer Application and online Day/Overnight Field Trip forms. All SPS volunteer information is on this website. The application process takes about 30 minutes to do. The online application + day/overnight field trip chaperone form is available in multiple languages.

Step 2: Complete the online Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention course which takes 17 minutes. This video is available in multiple languages. You’ll receive an SPS email course confirmation. Please save this as you’ll need for the online application. If you have any problems watching the Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention video or obtaining SPS confirmation email, please contact Ann Marie Patterson immediately.

Step 3: Complete the online application. If you plan to chaperone any field trips during the school year, it’s easier to complete the online day/overnight field trip chaperone form now. Be sure to have your valid government-issued photo ID handy. You can upload your ID to the application or provide a copy to the Bryant office. If you are Washington state resident of fewer than 3 years, you will need to complete a fee-based ($21) national background check through SPS vendor, Verified Volunteers.

In addition, please check with Ann Marie Patterson for the following situations: if you are a New York resident; if you are a citizen of another country in the U.S. temporarily; if you have not lived in the U.S. for the past 3 years but are a U.S. citizen.

Step 4: Once your volunteer application is received and approved, volunteers will receive an email confirmation from Volunteer Coordinator, Ann Marie Patterson.

Technology Assistance

If you do not have access to a computer or internet at home, please contact Ann Marie Patterson at (206) 252-5220 or through the main office. She can help you with your online application and assist you with completing the online Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention course.

Volunteer Sign-in at Bryant office

Please sign in the volunteer binder in the Bryant office every time you come into volunteer and remember to sign out when you leave. Include your name, volunteer category (F- family), check volunteer activity, location, time in/out. Please wear an orange volunteer badge at all times.


Bryant parents, family members, and community members who are visiting Bryant on a one-time or non-regular basis who have no unsupervised contact with students, are considered “Visitors.” Please sign in at the office and wear a Visitor badge. Visitors include guest speakers, classroom party attendees, lunchroom visitors, and family classroom observers.

New Bryant Parent Welcome/Volunteer Info Session

The Bryant School community warmly welcomes you to explore rewarding volunteer opportunities. Learn when and how to be involved in your student’s classroom. The opportunities are many: reading groups, science, computer, class parties and project prep. Seattle Public Schools new online volunteer application for school volunteers will also be discussed and questions answered.

Beyond the classroom, the Bryant PTSA has many volunteer opportunities to fit the busiest of parent schedules. Parent involvement benefits every student in our school. Room parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

There are two sessions to choose from:
Monday, October 1 from 8-9 a.m. in Bryant LASER


Thursday, October 4 from 6-7 p.m. in the Bryant Library
This evening session will be followed by a Back to Schoo Mixer at Ravenna Brewing Co, where PTSA will supply some light noshes.

The session presenters will be Volunteer Coordinator, Ann Marie Patterson, and PTSA Co-Volunteer Coordinator, Tammy Shorr. If you have any questions, contact Ann Marie Patterson by email or at (206) 252-5220.

SPS Volunteer Requirements 2018-2019

Bryant parent volunteers who have direct contact with students such as classroom volunteers, field trip chaperones, volunteers providing support on the Playground and in the Lunchroom; volunteers providing support in the Computer Lab, Library, Running Club, Math Champs, Chess Club, Art Docents, Room Parents, Writer’s Celebration, Field Day, Bryant Blast, Drama and other activities need to complete the following requirements:

  1. Review the on-line Volunteer Handbook
  2. Review the Volunteer Policy #5630
  3. Complete the on-line Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention course (one time)  **(17 minutes) Please forward the SPS confirmation email to ampatterson@seattleschools.org
  4. Seattle Public Schools Online Volunteer Application New this year, you can fill out your application online, and submit it for multiple different schools at the same time. Non-English speakers can have the form Google-translated online. You will need a digital copy/photo of your valid government issued ID and confirmation of completion of the Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention course (see item #3). If you prefer, you may provide a paper copy of your valid photo ID to the Bryant office

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New parent welcome and volunteer orientation

Learn when and how to be involved in your student’s classroom. Beyond the classroom, Bryant PTSA has many volunteer opportunities to fit the busiest parent schedules. Parent involvement benefits every student in our school. We’ll also discuss the current Seattle Public School volunteer requirements for school volunteers. Email Ann Marie Patterson with questions.

There are usually a couple of opportunities to attend this orientation in October, in both evening and daytime hours. You are also welcome to contact Ann Marie for a personal introduction to volunteering at Bryant.