Volunteers in Public Schools

Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) recruits thousands of parents and community partners to donate their time, resources, and knowledge in support of the district’s primary goal to increase student achievement. Volunteers contribute in areas such as mentoring, tutoring, fundraising, career education, enrichment programs, extracurricular and com-munity service activities, and office and classroom assistance. After registering online and undergoing the annual background check, volunteers can work in any HISD school for the school year.

Follow these steps to become a Volunteer in Public Schools (VIPS):

  1. Register online at www.houstonisd.org/vipslogin.
  2. Once you have registered, you must go in person to the school of interest and show photo identification. The following types of identification are accepted:
      • Texas Driver’s License
      • Official Passport
      • Texas Identification Card
      • Official U. S. Military ID
      • Driver’s License (issued by any state in the U.S.)
      • Matricula Consular
      • Identification Card (issued by any state in the U.S.)
      • Resident Alien Card
  3. Identification information will go into the HISD database for processing by the Volunteer Coordinator at the school.
  4. The criminal history background check can take 2-3 weeks to complete.
  5. Once you are CLEARED to volunteer, you are eligible to volunteer throughout HISD.

Effective July 31, 2015:

Volunteers who were cleared to volunteer for the 2014–2015 school year will be put in INACTIVE status for the 2015–2016 school year until they submit their photo identification to their school’s VIPS coordinator for resubmission for the annual criminal background check for the new school year. Volunteers with INACTIVE status do not need to register again for a VIPS online account but will still need to present photo identification to the school’s VIPS coordinator for the new school year.

Questions about VIPS at Lanier? Please contact KimLynn Nguyen, Lanier’s VIPS Coordinator: 713-942-1900, knguyen8@houstonisd.org. For more information about VIPS registration, visit the the VIPS page on the HISD website.

Click here to review volunteer opportunities at Lanier