We thank our parents for the many ways you are involved in the school community. As a way to increase awareness of volunteer opportunities within the school, we are introducing the OnVolunteers online portal. If you recall, we introduced this idea at the meet-the-teacher night in September. This program was designed by a school parent for independent schools in Vancouver and is now being used by schools throughout Canada and the US.
As a reminder, every family is required to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours or contribute financially from your volunteer cheque of $200. In the past, we would track hours in the red binder in the office, which will now all be done online. If you have started to track in the red binder this year, please transfer your recorded hours into the new system. We will leave the binder in the office for the next few months to reference.
In a review of independent school volunteer hours and fees (over 60 schools), DCS was on the lower end for volunteer requirements by quite a margin. For the 2019-2020 school year, there will be an increase to 12 hours and $240.
The On Volunteer program will:
- Track family volunteer hours (scheduled or ad hoc)
- Alert parents of volunteer opportunities from committees, classrooms, and the office
- Allow parents to sign up for volunteer opportunities
The unique URL for the DCS volunteer portal login is: http://dcs.onvolunteers.com
The parents’ username is the email they use with the school. By default, the mother’s primary email address with the school was used. Please contact the office if you are having trouble logging in.
A default password for parents has been created, which can be changed: [email protected]