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Capistrano Unified School District welcomes volunteers as an integral part of the classroom program, and the District encourages individuals to work in the classroom on a regular basis. Efforts may also extend to clerical assistance and support for extra-curricular programs and field trips. There are specific requirements for student-contact volunteers. Please check our Volunteer Handbook or your school site to learn more about volunteer opportunities within CUSD.
Types of Volunteers

Types of Volunteers

CUSD has two types of volunteers: Tier 1 and Tier 2. Read on for information about the types of volunteer opportunities available. If you are unsure which type of volunteer you would be considered, please check with the office manager at your school site.


Tier 1 volunteers may have unsupervised contact with students and can include coaches, field trip chaperones/drivers, and tutors. Tier 1 volunteers undergo a more rigorous process before being approved. This process includes getting Fingerprinted through the Department of Justice/FBI.  All volunteer coaches (unpaid) must become official Tier I Volunteers, as well as have the certifications listed below:

  • Current CPR, First Aid, & AED Certification
  • NFHS Concussion Training Certification
  • NFHS Coaching Fundamentals Certification
  • NFHS Sudden Cardiac Arrest Certification
  • NFHS Heat Illness Prevention Certification

To start the application process to become a Tier 1 Volunteer, click the link below to apply. You will need a valid Drivers License/Passport and will also be asked for some other identifying information through a secure server. Once the online application is completed, a Livescan form will be automatically sent to you which you can take to one of the Livescan centers to complete the Fingerprinting process. A list of Livescan providers is linked below.

Providers of Live Scan Services in Orange County can be found on the Internet at:
A prospective Tier 1 volunteer should contact their school site two weeks after being fingerprinted to verify that their fingerprints have cleared. Once cleared, you may report to the school to volunteer.


Tier 2 volunteers cannot have unsupervised contact with students. In order to become a Tier 2 volunteer, complete the Tier 2 application, review the Volunteer Handbook, and contact the school site you wish to volunteer at to finalize the process. Please note, Tier II volunteers are checked against the state's sex offender registry.
A prospective Tier 2 volunteer should contact their school site after completing the online application to finlaize the process.
The following links contain information on becoming a volunteer in the Capistrano Unified School District.