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Become A School Volunteer

Become a School Volunteer User Guide (For parents and Community Members)

To register you need a parent or community account

Parents, students, employees, and community members who wish to volunteer at a school, regional center, or district office MUST register online as follows:

  • Parents, should log into Parent Portal.
  • M-DCPS Students, should log into Student Portal.
  • M-DCPS Employees should log into Employee Portal.
  • All other volunteers/community members, should log into Community Portal. After portal login, follow these steps:
  1. Click the Services and Sites tab at the top.
  2. Click on the Be a School Volunteer! link.
  3. Choose your school(s) and activity(ies) in which you wish to volunteer.
  4. Go to your selected school/location and show your identification for final approval.


  • School volunteers approved previously by schools WILL NOT have to re-register.
  • However, volunteers WILL have to log into the appropriate portal as outlined above, to re-select the school(s) and activity(ies) in which they wish to participate for the current school year. 
  •  Returning volunteers will be re-approved on a school-by-school basis.
  • After logging in, volunteers should follow steps 1 through 4 above.
  • Employee and student volunteers must update emergency contact information before re-selecting school(s) and activity(ies).
  • LEVEL 1 volunteers will require a new background check every three years.
  • LEVEL 2 volunteers will require re-fingerprinting every five years.
Fingerprint Procedures

For identified high security positions below, individuals must undergo a full fingerprint check with Miami-Dade County Public Schools: 

  • Overnight Chaperone (all grade levels, school site signature required)
  • Physical Education Assistant (all grade levels, school site signature required)
  • Certified Volunteer (District training required, 305-995-2995)
  • Mentor (Mentor training required)
  • Listeners/Oyentes (Listeners training required, 305-995-7317)

Please note, you may NOT BEGIN service until you are cleared at Level 2 (L2) and have met the requirements for that position indicated. Your school or work location will contact you once you have been cleared. Please allow 5 business days for fingerprint results. We look forward to your service!

  • Fingerprint Fee Waiver Request signed in blue ink by school Principal or work site administrator.
  • A current government issued photo identification (Non-expired driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Social Security Card (A pay stub, W-2 or insurance card showing the entire SSN# will be accepted if the card is lost. (You may also obtain a social security number verification form for a lost card by contacting 1-800-772-1213 or visit the office nearest you.)
In case you were not issued a SSN number, please notify the Fingerprinting Department at the time appointment is made. Schedule an appointment at least 24 hours prior to your requested date, by calling 305-995-7472. Please arrive approximately ten minutes prior to appointment time at, 1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Room 110, Miami, Florida, 33132.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Volunteer Program has two levels of volunteers:

Level 1:  All volunteers with the exception of the “high security” positions.
Level 2:  5 identified  “High security” positions: 

  • Certified Volunteer:  M-DCPS offers a certification program for interested persons who wish to support community involvement initiatives within the school system by assisting with the management of school volunteers or the School Volunteer Program. A 3-hour course is required as well as successful fingerprint completion.

  • Listeners/Oyentes Program: M-DCPS, in conjunction with the Francine and Herbert Tobin Foundation, offers this special program for interested volunteers who wish to be trained as Listeners. The program goals are to join the student's world without judgment, to help build positive self-esteem, and to empower the student's to develop their own excellent problem-solving skills. A 3 1/2 hour training and certification is required as well as successful fingerprint completion.

  • Overnight Chaperone:  This is defined as a volunteer who chaperones student groups and participates in sleeping arrangements with students. Overnight Chaperones are listed on official field trip forms.

  • Physical Education Assistant (all grade levels) -  A Physical Education Assistant is any volunteer who assists during physical education classes. This is a person who would have interaction with students. Successful fingerprinting completion is required.

  • Mentor:  For the purposes of M-DCPS, a mentor has a very special role. It is distinguished from a purely tutorial role.  Mentors are volunteers who are placed one-on-one with students or in small groups.  Their role is to provide a support system for the students.  Mentors may help with, but are not limited to, career planning, conflict resolution, academic encouragement, buddy systems, self-esteem building or decision-making skills.  Mentors may tutor, but tutors may not mentor unless they successfully complete the Level II background check.


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