Community Service Overview
Community Service is defined by TTUSD as "volunteer service beyond the traditional classroom that fosters civic and social responsibility for the benefit of the community that is neither paid for, graded, nor punitive." The district agrees that the intent of the requirement is to encourage students to be active and engaged members of their communities and to address important community issues. Service can unite neighbors, mobilize volunteers and encourage a lifelong ethic of public participation, and is best performed in conjunction with a reputable public service organization. TTUSD encourages students to volunteer more than the 30 hour minimum graduation requirement. To these ends, these guidelines for what qualifies as community service for the district graduation requirement are fairly explicit. However, it is impossible to develop a list of acceptable and unacceptable activities that is all inclusive. Therefore, it is imperative that the requirement for all activities to be approved in advance be followed explicitly. Credit for service hours will be denied if the student fails to get an activity approved in advance.
Community Service Requirement
TTUSD Board Policy 6146.1 requires that a minimum of 30 hours of non-paid community service to be performed by students as part of their graduation requirements.
SUGGESTED schedule for completion:
9th Grade: 6 hours
10th Grade: 8 hours
11th Grade: 8 hours
12th Grade: 8 hours
Students are encouraged to complete the required 30 hours early. New students who enroll from out of the district will be required to meet only the hours suggested for the grade(s) they need to complete. For example, a student entering as a 10th grader will need to complete 24 hours, the suggested hours for grades 10-12. To ensure all students and parents are aware of this requirement, it is the responsibility of the site to send a parent letter home (see enclosed sample) and to make arrangements for ninth graders to receive this information during the fall of their ninth grade year. Social Science/Advisory teachers at each grade level will be responsible for monitoring and verifying that the community service hours have been completed for each of their students. Social Science or Pathways teachers must also remind students of the preapproval requirement for activities. Counselors will record the number of hours in Aeries. Recorded forms will be stored in the student's cum folder for future reference. Principals at each school site will determine the final cut-off date for senior community service hours to be completed to participate in graduation. The UC system gives additional points toward admission for students who complete 100 or more hours of community service.
Community Service Guidelines
Is the activity in question servicing the community in which the student lives and works for goes to school), and not simply servicing the school or a class of an individual related to that school? Is the student really doing community service, or is the student doing 'school service' camouflaged as community service? How exactly is the student helping said community?
When a student does something for a school band, for example, in a parade on Saturday, and it seems to NOT violate any of the NO's (not graded, off-campus, not during school hours), the question to ask is, "Does the student have the option of not going and saying, 'I don't feel like performing today in the parade, or I don't care to go to this event?'" If the student HAS the explicit freedom (with no repercussion or pressure) to NOT participate, then it is voluntary. However, if a student MUST be there (even though it is not graded, etc., or mandated), then it is NOT voluntary. VOLUNTEERism is the core element.
Examples of what is community service:
-Volunteering with a non-profit community service organization. Community service club activities (not meetings).
-Assisting at Boys or Girls Clubs
-Helping at a hospital, convalescent home, or orphanage
-Peer tutoring after school hours or on weekends
-Weekend campus clean-up, beautification activities
-Helping with a community team such as AYSO soccer or Little League (helping with sports events of younger children, refereeing, etc.)
-Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, locally or abroad.
-Donating hair to an organization that makes wigs for cancer victims (limited to 2 hours of community service allowed)
-Giving blood (limited to 2 hours of community service allowed and OK to be done during school hours if it is a school sponsored blood drive)
Examples of what is NOT community service:
-Work often done by student aides, such as office, teacher, or library aides
-Service performed for a profit-making organization
-Work during regular school hours (Exceptions: School sponsored blood drive, unpaid poll worker)
-Service done without getting prior approval from both parent/guardian and social science/advisory teacher What would usually be considered normal extracurricular (or co-curricular) activities, such as sports and sports related activities (managers), cheerleading, participating in school performance activities that are related to a class, ASB activities, etc.
-Working for an individual teacher (or teachers) such as grading papers
-Service where the recipient is a family member or where a family member supervises the service
-Related to a class, credit for a class, or the making of profit, defraying costs of trips, etc.
-Receiving pay for the service
-Credit for the number of cans collected for a food drive, toys given, money collected, etc.