Volunteers February 26, 2021 Update Although MCPS is returning to some in-person instruction, MCPS will not extend any in-person volunteers at this time. Virtual volunteers are still allowed to provide their service based on the compliance measures completed. See MCPS Volunteers in the Virtual Classroom form for more infomation. MCPS Volunteers in the Virtual Classroom In late September 2020, MCPS welcomed volunteers from long-standing partnership organizations to enter the virtual classroom to volunteer. Moving forward, an MCPS team of school-based staff, principals, and central office staff have been working to prepare a process to return individual volunteers to the virtual classroom to provide consistent and continuous support to students and staff, based on teacher need, and with school teacher and administration approval. After review of the current MCPS policy for volunteers and applying the policy to the virtual classroom, the team created a process and the MCPS Volunteers in the Virtual Classroom form for individual volunteers to identify the following: The volunteer service they wish to provide Applicable compliance measures that are required to volunteer have been completed (recognizing child abuse and neglect training and/or fingerprinting, as appropriate) Recognition and acceptance of the expectations for volunteers and MCPS staff depending on the category of support and supervision the volunteer provides These compliance measures and expectations for each category of service are in place to ensure the safety and security of all students, staff, and volunteers. Montgomery County Public Schools encourages and welcomes school volunteers. The academic achievement and educational experiences of all students are enhanced by a community invested in their learning. We invite parents, families, and community members to engage in volunteer activities in our schools–from kindergarten to high school–and become partners in teaching and learning. Our volunteer activities vary from school to school, and volunteers can help with a wide variety of activities. Interested in becoming an MCPS Volunteer? There are a few steps to complete before beginning your service as a volunteer in our schools. Complete the Parent/Guardian and Community Volunteer Form. This form serves as an introduction of yourself, your interests and availability in volunteering, and some important reminders about volunteers in schools. Complete the mandatory online Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect training. This training is required for any volunteer who regularly supports schools, chaperones a field trip, etc. and is available in multiple languages. When the course is completed, a report is created to serve as proof of satisfying the training requirement. Contact the school(s) where you wish to serve and provide them with your Parent/Guardian and Community Volunteer Form and your Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect training completion report. Support guides with complete step-by-step instructions, the link to Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect training, and answers to frequently asked questions can be found below. Volunteer Training on Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Online Training Support Guide (All Users) Español | 中文 | français | tiếng Việt | 한국어 | አማርኛ | Português Online Training for Parents/Guardians Online Training for Non-Parents(Contractors, Volunteer Coaches, Community Members) FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLY A ParentVUE account is needed to access and complete the Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect training. If you have already activated your ParentVUE account, refer to the support guide linked above and follow the steps below: Login to: https://md-mcps-psv.edupoint.com/PXP2_Login_Parent.aspx Go to the “Parent Resources” tab Navigate to “myMCPS Classroom” Click on the “Resources” folder Click the link for “Volunteer Training” Enroll, go to, and complete the training course. If you do not have a ParentVue account, you will need to activate your ParentVUE account in order to access the training, Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect. To activate your ParentVUE account, please contact your child’s school and request a ParentVUE activation letter. This letter has a unique key assigned to you that will allow you to create an account that is linked to all of your children in MCPS. Need help with ParentVUE? Answers can be found in the ParentVUE Support Guide and on the MCPS Digital Backpack webpage.