Volunteering at Walter Hays


There are any number of ways that parents can volunteer at Walter Hays from working in the classroom to serving as a lunch time playground aide to assisting in the Library. The PTA, in partnership with the teachers, recruits volunteers to assist in essential school wide programs such as health and safety related concerns as well as fundraising, events, and communications. Parents are invited to volunteer during the Back to School Coffee held on the first morning of school, at Back to School Night held during the first month of school, and on an as needed basis. Certain requirements are expected of volunteers including:

Volunteer and Visitor Sign-In & Sign-Out:

Between 8:25 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. (8:25 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday), all school volunteers and visitors sign in at the office when they arrive at Hays and wear a Walter Hays Visitor Badge while on campus. Visitors and volunteers should sign out and return their visitor badge when leaving. Parents and caregivers who are dropping off and picking up students do not need to follow this procedure during 10 minutes before and after drop off & pick-up.

Proper Insurance for Field Trips:

All field trip drivers must have a transportation form on file in the school office. The minimum auto insurance requirements are $100K/$300K public liability/bodily injury per occurrence, and $5K medical per person. All children must be secured in seatbelts on field trips, and children under 13 must not be seated in front seats of vehicles with passenger-side air bags. Link to district form that must always be current with your school clerk.

The Family-School Partnership Act:

Effective January, 1995, this law allows parents to take time off from work to participate in their children’s school activities. The law covers employees in companies with 25 or more people at the same location. With reasonable notice, employees can take up to 40 hours, no more than 8 hours per month, to volunteer in classrooms each school year. Contact your employer to see if you qualify.


Playground volunteers are an essential part of a successful playground experience during the lunch recess. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your PTA Vice President of Health and Safety. S/he works with the administration to ensure that the necessary volunteers are provided each day. Lunchtime Playground Volunteer training is provided each fall.

When volunteering, please check in at the front office in order to obtain a playground vest, and a first aid kit.

1st – 3rd Grade Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Daily except Wednesday

4th – 5th Grade Lunch 12:05 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Daily except Wednesday

1st – 3rd Grade Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Wednesday

4th – 5th Grade Lunch 12:05 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. Wednesday



Our students learn much on the playground. We work to give them the support they need to behave in a responsible, kind and inclusive manner in and outside the classroom. The primary goal of Playground Volunteers is to ensure that our students are safe. Always involve a yard duty supervisor when physical aggression or injury is involved. Also, if you feel you need assistance or guidance, please feel free to ask a yard duty supervisor

We encourage our students to independently resolve their conflicts. As a Playground Volunteer try to get the students to resolve their conflicts using The Walter Hays Solution for Conflict Resolution.


  • Cool Off – Take time to cool off
  • Talk – Share how you felt
  • Listen – Learn how the other child felt
  • Brainstorm – Think of ways to solve the problem
  • Agree – Choose an idea you both like best


The goal is for students to learn how to “Talk It Out” on their own without the assistance of an adult. If they need assistance, remind them of these steps to resolving their issues, make sure they are respectful of each other, offer suggestions if they are stumped.