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What is Community Service?
Community Service Requirement
SUHSD Administrative Regulation 6146.1(a) requires that a minimum of 30 hours of non-paid community service to be performed by students as part of their graduation. Each date of community service must be documented on the SUHSD Community Service Verification Form and/or Verification Log. requirements.
Suggested schedule for completion of Community Service Hours
9th Grade: 6 hours
10th Grade: 8 hours
11th Grade: 8 hours
12th Grade: 8 hours
Students are encouraged to complete the required 30 hours early.
New students who enroll from out of the district will be required to meet only the hours suggested for the grade(s) they need to complete. For example, a student entering as a 10th grader will need to complete 24 hours, the suggested hours for grades 10-12.
Social Science teachers at each grade level will be responsible for monitoring and verifying that the community service hours have been completed for each of their students. Social Science teachers must also remind students of the pre-approval requirement for activities. Teachers will post those hours completed on the District’s student information system (Infinite Campus). Recorded forms will then be stored in the student’s cum folder for future reference.
Principals at each school site will determine the final cut off date for senior community service hours to be completed to participate in graduation.
The UC system gives additional points toward admission for students who complete 200 or more hours of community service.
Is the activity in question servicing the community in which the student lives and works (or goes to school), and not simply servicing the school or a class or an individual related to that school? Is the student really doing community service, or is the student doing “school service” camouflaged as community service? How exactly is the student helping said community?
When a student does something for a school band, for example, in a parade on Saturday, and it seems to NOT violate any of the NO’s (not graded, off-campus, not during school hours), the question to ask is, “Does the student have the option of not going and saying, ‘I don’t feel like performing today in the parade, or I don’t care to go to this event?’” If the student has the explicit freedom (with no repercussion or pressure) to NOT participate, then it is voluntary. However, if a student MUST be there (even though it is not graded, etc., or mandated), then it is NOT voluntary. VOLUNTEERism is the core element.
Examples of Community Service
Volunteering with a non-profit community service organization
Community service club activities (not meetings)
Assisting at Boys or Girls Clubs
Helping at a hospital, convalescent home, or orphanage
Peer tutoring after school hours or on weekends
Weekend campus clean-up, beautification activities
Helping with a community team such as AYSO soccer or Little League (helping with sports events of younger children, refereeing, etc.)
Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, locally or abroad.
Giving blood (2 hours of community service allowed and OK to be done during school hours if it is a school sponsored blood drive)
Donating hair to an organization that makes wigs for cancer victims (2 hours of community service allowed)
Examples of What Community Service is NOT
Work often done by student aides, such as office, teacher, or library aides
Service performed for a profit-making organization
Work during regular school hours (Exceptions: School sponsored blood drive, unpaid poll worker)
Service done without getting prior approval from both parent/guardian and social science teacher
What would usually be considered normal extracurricular (or co-curricular) activities, such as sports and sports related activities (managers), cheerleading, participating in school performance activities that are related to a class, ASB activities, etc.
Working for an individual teacher (or teachers) such as grading papers
Service where the recipient is a family member or where a family member supervises the service
Related to a class, credit for a class, or the making of profit, defraying costs of trips, etc.
Receiving pay for the service
Credit for the number of cans collected for a food drive, toys given, money collected, etc.