Welcome to the 2021-2022
Gorham Schools Volunteer Webpage!
Please read through this process BEFORE you fill out the registration forms.
The process for becoming a volunteer for the Gorham School Department is as follows:
- Registration is completed each
school year for each child
online at the www.gorhamschools.org
website. It is preferable that you register at the end of August or the start of September
to ensure that the background check has time to process. An email contact is appreciated. Only denied candidates are notified. Please do not wait until the last 2 months of school to register as we can not guarantee that it will be processed.
2. Background check - The background check needs to be done every school year. You will need to register on the website each year for each child in the school system.
3. Volunteer orientation - ALL VOLUNTEERS (regardless of whether or not you may have already previously participated in a training program) must participate in a training/orientation program before being allowed to volunteer in the schools. The reason for this is that we want to add and include in this training specific expectations for COVID safety protocols so that our volunteers and our staff are clear on the rules and procedures that we will be using to keep everyone safe The online volunteer orientation should take you 15-20 minutes and must be completed prior to your volunteering in the school district. You will receive access to the orientation when you register to volunteer.
4. Questions? - Please feel free to email me!
COVID 19 INFORMATION:
This information is current as of August 2021 and will be updated here if there are any changes to school policies or procedures regarding COVID 19 and school department volunteers. All volunteers entering the Gorham schools will follow the same policies as staff and students.
Volunteers should stay home if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19,
are waiting for test results, have been in close contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are showing COVID-19 symptoms such as:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Volunteers need to wear a mask while inside the school building.
Volunteer Forms below are for the 2021-22 school year!
The Gorham School Volunteer Program’s mission is to increase student achievement through meaningful parent and community involvement in our schools.
Your tremendous donation of time, skills, talents, warmth, and attention is invaluable to our students and staff.
Here are a few of the many volunteer opportunities that Gorham Schools has to offer!
Please check in with each school as they do vary and scroll down to the bottom of this page for a list of current volunteer opportunities.
Classroom volunteering, chaperone field trips, chaperone a GMS school dance, help with a kids club, mentor, tutoring, prep work or photocopying, help with school plays/musicals, athletic activities, volunteer to help with hearing and vision screenings, volunteer in the library, tutor an adult ELL student, help in the art department...etc.
A Message from Superintendent Heather J. Perry
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,
Thank you for considering volunteering for the Gorham School Department! It is only through the helping hands of volunteers just like yourself that we are able to do many of the wonderful things that we do for students! The Gorham Schools truly appreciates your willingness to serve our children.
Volunteering in the field of education is very different than it was just 20 years ago. Unfortunately, due to events such as Columbine or Sandy Hook, schools must make extra efforts to ensure the safety of all children attending our schools. As a parent/guardian, grandparent, caregiver, or community member, I’m sure you stand with us in making sure our students are safe and continue to be under the care of the most qualified and caring adults.
In the interest of protecting the safety of students and staff, the school unit continues to conduct criminal background checks on all volunteers who will be working directly with or will have access to students, including those chaperoning students on field trips or school sponsored excursions.
When you fill out your volunteer registration form, you will be asked to provide your birth date and maiden name (if applicable). This information will then be submitted to the State Bureau of Identification. Please know that if anything does show on your records check, that it will not necessarily bar you from volunteer service. I will review any reports of criminal history and will decide whether the person may volunteer.
Once again, THANK YOU for your cooperation, patience and understanding. The Gorham Schools are grateful for your willingness to donate your time, energy and expertise to our children and doubly grateful for the tremendous contribution you have made and will continue to make to the children of this community through your efforts.
Heather J. Perry, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Heather J. Perry
Superintendent of Schools
Gorham School District
75 South Street, Suite 2
Gorham, ME 04038
Tel. # - 207-222-1000
Fax. # - 207-839-5003
~~Middle School Volunteer Opportunities~~
We are always in need of approved volunteers to chaperone middle school dances.
Please contact Laurie Deluca or Kristen Fitz
at 222-1220 for more information.
~~ A Message for Senior Parents ~~
If you would like to chaperone the project graduation event please know that you must be a registered and approved volunteer for Gorham Schools. This does not include being a member of a boosters club.
Please make sure to fill out the above volunteer form and complete the online volunteer orientation if you have not attended an orientation in the past.
Thank you, we are looking forward to a wonderful, fun event for all seniors!!