Volunteer Information & Classroom Observations

Wed, 06/21/2023 - 12:24pm

Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering within the Howard County Public School System! We value our volunteers and the contributions they make to our students and schools.

Per Howard County Board of Education Policy, all volunteers must complete applicable trainings prior to any volunteering activities. Follow the steps below to complete this training before registering to volunteer at your child’s school or HCPSS office.



Volunteer applicants must review each course below and complete the applicable forms. Please note, upon course completion, forms will need to be downloaded, printed and submitted to your child’s school. Please contact the school if you do not have access to a printer and/or need assistance with this process.

Confidentiality Training

All those working or volunteering in a school are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of all private, sensitive, and personally identifiable information you may see or hear while volunteering.

Review Confidentiality Training for Volunteers →

Download Confidentiality Training for Volunteers Completion Form  →

Child Abuse and Neglect Training

Maryland State law and Howard County Board of Education Policy 1030 requires employees, contractors or volunteers of the Howard County Public School System to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect.

Review Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Parents/Guardians →

Download Child Abuse and Neglect Training Completion Certificate  →



The Howard County Public School System has a separate form for visitors, representatives from an outside agency or parents/guardians who will be conducting classroom visits for observation purposes. Please download, print and complete the form below, and submit to the appropriate school. Contact the school with any questions.