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Volunteer Information

Volunteer Information

I want to volunteer at Decatur. What should I do next?

  • ALL volunteers must be approved EVERY year by CPS in order to volunteer (even if you have been approved in the past). Volunteer approval is only valid for one school year and expires on June 30th. Please wait until after July 1st to fill out an application.
  • NEW VOLUNTEERS: Please complete the Volunteer Application. Make sure your name and date of birth on your application match what it shows on your ID.
  • RETURNING VOLUNTEERS: You will need to fill out a new application for the current school year. Please log into your account on Civicore to find the current application.

Step 1:

  • To apply or update your application, please log into Civicore.
  • Choose which level you would like to apply for. A parent providing supervised volunteer services in their child’s school for less than 10 hours per week would apply for a Level II clearance. A parent wishing to chaperone on field trips should apply for a Level I clearance which will include fingerprinting, training, and a TB test. 

Step 2:

  • IMPORTANT:  New Volunteers: After you complete your application and submit it, please either stop by the school or email Ms. Doggett a copy of your ID at [email protected] We need to identify you as a candidate before CPS Volunteer Services will begin the approval process.

Returning Volunteers: After submitting the application, please email me [email protected] to let me know that you would like to be re-approved. Volunteers will receive an email with further instructions for re-approval.

Step 3:

  • You will receive an email from Volunteer Services with next steps. They will send an additional email once you are approved.
    • Level I applicants will receive instructions and forms to be fingerprinted, TB tested, and how to complete the Online SafeSchools training.
    • Level II applicants will receive an email when they are eligible to volunteer.
  • If you decide to change your volunteer level at any point throughout the school year, please email Ms. Doggett at [email protected] with your request. Any additional information regarding requirements that need to be fulfilled will come in an email from Volunteer Services. 

Please direct questions not answered here to:

Volunteer Services


[email protected]