Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteering in the Dubuque Community School District is a rewarding and enriching way to serve students at all levels. We are thankful for the support we receive from our volunteers and consider them part of our school district family.

Because the safety of our students is of the utmost importance, we require background checks of all non-employees involved in school programs.

To begin, please complete and sign the packet below and return it to the district office or any Dubuque Community School District school.

Non-Employee Background Check Packet (PDF)

Once completed and returned to the district, the human resources office will process the form. (Please note that the background check process will take longer during peak times, primarily at the beginning of year and right after the winter break.)

After the background check is processed and clearance is granted, volunteers are approved district-wide and are entered into a shared database accessible to building administrators and office staff.


Non-employee Background Check packets are available at each school building and at the district administrative offices located at 2300 Chaney Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52001.

If you have questions about volunteering, contact Val Ethier at 563/552-3000 or vethier@dbqschools.org.


Board Policy #4614: School Volunteers (PDF)

Parent-Student Handbook

Legal Provisions for Handling Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Information (PDF)

A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (PDF)