Volunteer Connection

Volunteers


  • The School District of Manatee County has approved in-person volunteers for the 2021-2022 school year. 

    Community stakeholders, parents, and students play an integral part in the educational development of our students and are vital to the success of our schools. 

    If you would like to contribute your valuable time and skills to support our students and teachers, please consider volunteering by completing a volunteer application via the RAPTOR SYSTEM which will be screened via JD Palatine with complete confidentiality.  After completing the application, you will receive an email from donotreply@raptortech.com. The email will confirm the application was received, and it is currently under review.  If approved, you will receive an email titled "Volunteer Approval Application." If denied, you will receive an email titled “Volunteer Application Denied.”  Once a volunteer is approved, please reach out to the school of your choice to inquire if they have volunteer opportunities.

    Level 1 is required for all applicants who will be interacting with students in a supervised environment, please complete a volunteer application by clicking the link below.  Examples: classroom, lunchroom, media center, daytime field trips etc.

    Level 2 is required for all applicants who will be interacting with students in an unsupervised environment, please complete a volunteer application AND request information for fingerprinting from volunteer@manateeschools.net   Examples: Overnight field trips, one-to-one mentoring, tutoring, overnight competitions etc.

    Please use one of the following links to complete your required volunteer application to volunteer at a school:

    ENGLISH VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

    SPANISH VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

    PLEASE NOTE: The Principals may restrict volunteer opportunities at their schools, pending COVID-19 daily updates.

    Volunteers may also choose to volunteer through the district in schools or with partnering community organizations such as "Books For Kids, Dive into Reading, ReadingPals, Soar in 4. 

    Contact Deborah Perry-Gambino, Community Engagement Specialist at volunteer@manateeschools.net for more information. 

    Volunteer Connection Information Guide

     Updated August 2, 2021

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  • All volunteers must complete a volunteer application via Raptor Technologies to clear a background screening.  You will be notified once your background screening is complete with further instructions.

    NOTE:  The School District of Manatee County values student safety and security, therefore, prior conduct may disqualify a volunteer applicant the privilege to volunteer.  To meet the required search criteria of Section 943.04351, Florida Statutes we must conduct a search against your registration information regarding sexual predators and sexual offenders through the Dru Sjodin National Sexual Offender Public Website. 

    Accordingly, applicants will not be approved as school volunteers for the following reasons:

    • Convicted of or had adjudication withheld for any felony offense, at any time;  
    • Convicted of or had adjudication withheld for any misdemeanor within the past three (3) years;
    • or Any pending criminal charges of a crime that would disqualify the applicant from employment with the School District of Manatee County.

    The School District of Manatee County is subject to laws governing the release of public records, including Florida Statutes Chapter 119.

    For more information, please contact Deborah Perry-Gambino, Community Engagement Specialist & District Volunteer Coordinator at (941) 708-8770 x41048 or email gambinod@manateeschools.net.