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Transportation Information

San José Unified offers transportation services for eligible students.
San José Unified ofrece servicios de transporte a los estudiantes que cumplen los criterios de elegibilidad.

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We welcome volunteers who help our teachers and staff elevate opportunities for students. Please review the following processes and complete this online application.

Damos la bienvenida a los voluntarios que ayudan a nuestros maestros y personal a elevar las oportunidades para los estudiantes. Por favor revise los siguientes procesos y complete esta aplicacion en linea .

New Volunteers

If this is your first time volunteering for San José Unified:

  1. Complete an online application.
  2. Get a TB test. (See FAQ below to find out where you can go.)
  3. Click here or call (408) 535-6139 ext. 15013 to make an appointment for fingerprinting.
  4. On the day of your appointment, please bring: your TB test results (must be within 60 days of your appointment); a valid picture ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)

Once your fingerprints have been cleared by the Department of Justice and FBI, you will receive an email confirmation letting you know that you have been cleared to volunteer.

Please note: If you plan to drive students in your volunteer role, you must also complete a Volunteer Driver Packet.

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-6139 ext. 15013 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Returning Volunteers

All volunteers must complete this process every year:

  1. Complete an online application.
  2. You will receive an email confirmation once you are cleared to volunteer. Human Resources will contact you if updated TB results or additional steps are needed to process your application.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where can I find a volunteer packet and guidelines?
Click here.

¿Dónde puedo encontrar un paquete de voluntarios?
Click here.

What types of ID’s are accepted?
Any form of valid photo ID is accepted (e.g. U.S. State ID or Driver’s License, ID from country of origin, passport, student ID, ACR card, etc.)

How do I know my fingerprints have cleared? An approval e-mail is sent.

How long does it take to receive fingerprinting clearance?
Clearance may take up to a maximum of 30 days. If you don’t receive an e-mail within 30 days, please call us at (408) 535-6139 ext. 15013

I’ve had my fingerprints done for another school district. Do I need to do them again through you?
Yes. We do not accept fingerprint confirmations from other agencies, companies or school districts.

Where do my fingerprints go?
Fingerprints go to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to check for any past criminal records. We need to receive clearances from both agencies in order to approve your volunteer request.

Does my fingerprint information go to immigration agencies?
No. This information only goes to the DOJ and FBI. We are not interested in knowing the immigration status of a volunteer applicant.

If my school wants to take care of the fingerprinting fee, what can we do?
The Principal or Budget Control Administrator at the school must complete and sign an Expense Transfer Form. You must bring this with you to your fingerprinting appointment.

How often should fingerprinting be done?
As long as you continue to volunteer each year with San José Unified, you will not need to be fingerprinted again. If you have a break in service from volunteering for more than two years, then we will ask that you complete the new volunteer steps again, including fingerprinting and your TB test.

Where can I get a TB test done?
TB tests can be done through your own medical provider at your own expense. There are many clinics that perform TB testing at a low cost. There is a TB clinic conveniently located across the street from the District Office at the Santa Clara County Health Department.

How often should TB test be done?
Skin or blood tests should be updated every four (4) years. Chest X-Rays (CXR) need to be updated every 10 years.

Can I volunteer at multiple school sites during the same school year?
Yes. Fingerprinting clears you for any school inside San José Unified. To volunteer at multiple schools you need to complete a volunteer form for each school site and have it approved by each school’s principal.


Absence Reporting

Attendance and participation in class are essential for students to discover their own greatness and get the most out of our educational programs. That’s why San José Unified monitors absences and tardies closely.

Each student’s attendance records are maintained in the district’s attendance monitoring system. This includes excused and unexcused absences, as well as the reason for the absence, and tardies. Parents can request a copy of their child’s report at any time.

Reporting an Absence

To report an absence, call the attendance line (408)-287-6368 and give the date and the reason for the absence. Please report absences as soon as possible, ideally on the date of the absence itself.

Tardy Slips

Arriving at school on time is important. When students arrive late, important instruction is missed. Students are considered tardy if they are not in class by 7:55am each day.

Students who are late to school must report to the office and receive a tardy slip.


Letters are sent to parents whose children have three (3) unexcused absences or three (3) tardies of more than 30 minutes.

Chronically truant students may be referred to district’s Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) officer.


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