​​​​​Volunteer with Us

​We welcome volunteers in the classroom, on field trips and with certain tasks at school or at home. Certain activities or field trips would not be possible without the active participation of our volunteers. Contact us about ways you can volunteer with our school.​

​(Please note, guest speakers or visitors to the school, and parents/guardians assisting their own child only are not considered to be volunteers and do not require a police information check.) 

Volunteer Security Clearance Process 

​Step 1: Prospective volunteers must first  register as a volunteer at the school office where you plan on volunteering. School administrators will verify your identity and register you in the CBE volunteer database. The school office will provide you with a letter enabling you to obtain a police information check from the Calgary Police Service (CPS). 

Please note, prospective volunteers must reside in Canada for a full year before registering. Police clearances from countries other than Canada are not accepted. 

Step 2: Visit the CPS online system, electronic Police Information Check (ePIC), to obtain your police check using your CBE volunteer letter. 

If you are unable to complete the process online, you may visit a police information check location instead. 

Step 3: Once you have received your clearance document from CPS you will need to share it with the school in-person or by email.


Your security clearance is valid for five years and the cost is $21.25 ($15.00 for police clearance and 5.95+GST service fee) which is charged during the online ePIC application. This fee is not covered by the CBE. 

Volunteering for an Off-Site Activity

If you want to volunteer for an off-site activity, please keep in mind: 

  • Volunteers on an activity are considered representatives of the Calgary Board of Education and are subject to the same expectations as staff
  • Volunteers are subject to the requirements of CBE Administrative Regulation 5003 – Volunteers, which includes an application and a police security screening check
  • Volunteers are covered by the CBE’s liability insurance policy while performing their assigned duties
  • Volunteers are covered by WCB while performing their duties
  • Volunteers receive direction from and are accountable to the teacher-in-charge​​​


Volunteers Welcome

Parent involvement makes a big difference in the operation of a school. Not only do your own children benefit from help and modeling, many other children, as well as our staff, benefit greatly from volunteers.

We appreciate your offer of assistance. Your efforts make a significant difference for our students. Naturally, we want those who are generously donating time and talent to feel comfortable in our school.

Teachers will be posting schedules for when they need volunteers. Talk to the teachers to make sure you understand the expectations and procedures for the time you are in the classroom.

Other volunteer opportunities will be coordinated through the Volunteer Coordinator. Check the volunteer board for information.

We appreciate your discretion in discussing information that you learn about particular student or school situations. We try to maintain a high level of professionalism about students’ situations, and we request the same of volunteers.

Who are school volunteers?

School volunteers are people who are willing to give their time, talent and services to the school. 

Who can become a volunteer? 

Everyone! Parents, grandparents, community members, retirees, university, high school, and junior high school students.

What are the rewards?

It can help increase understanding and awareness of issues in education. It offers an opportunity to gain new friends, new skills, and to take joy in serving others. Volunteering lets students know that adults care about them, their teachers, and their education.

What is the role of a volunteer?

The role is to support the students by supporting the staff. Children benefit from having more adults in the school. It is the teacher’s role to instruct the children or to introduce them to concepts that are unfamiliar to them. We ask that you respect the professional judgement and responsibilities of the teacher

Do volunteers need special training? 

If special skills are required for a task, you will be given instructions. You will never be asked to do something with which you are not comfortable

What kinds of things do volunteers do? 

You may be asked to work with children, individually or in a small group, to read with and/or to children, to prepare materials, to help supervise field trips, to assist in the library or in the office.

What does a volunteer do on each visit? 

Always sign in by the office so you can be reached in case of an emergency. Please wear a name tag to identify yourself to the children and staff and then proceed to your designated assignment. If you are unable to come, please call the school at 403-777-6140 to let us know you are unavailable.

Who is responsible for discipline?

The teacher is responsible for maintaining classroom control even though other adults may be working with children in the room.

What to volunteers to at recess? 

Volunteers are welcome to have coffee in the staff room. We would ask that you be sensitive to the staff’s need for a break or to attend to supervision responsibilities. 

May I bring my preschool child to the classroom? 

The education of the children in the classroom is always our first priority. Please check with the teacher regarding this matter. 

With whom should you discuss your concerns?

Our genuine wish is that you will enjoy your time with us and find it personally enriching. We want to know about any concerns that may be interfering with a positive volunteering experience. Please discuss any concerns with the teacher, the Parent Volunteer Coordinator or the principal. 

What makes you a valued volunteer? 

  • Being prompt
  • Being positive
  • Being patient and kind
  • Remembering the importance of confidentiality
  • Enjoying yourself
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