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VIPs (Volunteers in Public Schools)

Before volunteering at Pershing Middle School in any capacity or accompanying your child’s class on a field trip, you must register as an HISD Volunteer!

VIPs (Volunteers In Public Schools) are HISD volunteers. Each year, thousands of parents, students and community partners support HISD students and teachers by volunteering their time. VIPs represent all economic, ethnic and educational backgrounds. They are caring adults or children, who tutor students, serve as classroom assistants to teachers, provide enrichment and hands-on experience with computers, work in the library, clinic, office, cafeteria, and provide other support.

How can I become a VIPs?

Returning Volunteers (A person who has previously had VIPs clearance)
Step 1: Please do not register online again. You must go in person and show proof of identification to the VIPs clerk, Sherri Crain in the front school office.
Step 2:  After 3-4 weeks, check your status with Ms. Crain. Once CLEARED to volunteeryou are eligible to volunteer throughout the HISD for the 2013–2014 school year.

NEW Volunteers (A person who has never had VIPs clearance in HISD):
Step 1: Register online at, or from the HISD homepage, click on the Students/Parents tab, Get Involved tab.
Step 2: Once you have registered take your proof of identification to the front office.
Step 3: Identification information will go into our database for processing and your criminal background check will be processed by HISD.
Step 4: The criminal history background check can take 2-3 weeks to complete.
Step 5: Once you are CLEARED to volunteer, you are eligible to volunteer throughout HISD.

What type of identification is 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.)
– Resident Alien Card

Note: Returning volunteers will not need to register online again.  Only volunteers with a Cleared status will be able to volunteer in HISD.