HOURS CAN NOW BEEN SEEN ON STUDENT PORTAL: Service hours have now been moved to individual students' portals. They should appear in the upper-right hand corner. Hours will continue to be posted at the end of each month.
TRANSCRIPT INFORMATION: With the new guidelines in place, students and parents will now notice that the service learning portion of their transcript has changed. It will now say "Met" if the student has completed 40 hours, "Not Met" if the student has 1-39 hours recorded, or "-" if no hours have been recorded.
UPDATE: There will be an extended grace period for hours earned during the 2015-16 Academic Year. Any hours that were not turned in by the June 3, 2016 deadline will be accepted (up to 40 hours total per student) until the end of lunch on Friday, September 9. After this time, no hours from previous academic years will be accepted.
On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, the School Board updated the policy and guidelines for service learning. The complete guidelines are listed under "Service Learning Guidelines" below. Here are some of the most significant changes:
- Seniors must have their hours completed and turned in by May 15, 2016.
- Beginning 2016-17 academic year, after a student has completed 40 hours of service, they are encouraged to continue volunteer work; however, additional hours will not be documented by the school’s service learning coordinator. However, hours recorded prior to the 2016-17 hours will remain documented on student transcripts.
- Any service hours earned before the beginning of this school year must be turned in by the end of the first semester (Friday, January 22).
- Service hours must be turned in the same academic year they are earned. Hours earned over the summer must be turned in by the end of the first semester.
- Hours cannot be earned until the first day of freshman year.
Service Learning form must be completely filled out and turned into room 301. Forms that do not meet the requirement, cannot be verified, or are not properly filled out will be returned to the student.
New Service Learning Form
We have a new service learning form! All five FUSD high schools are implementing this new common service hours verification form.
Here are some of the new changes:
- Contribution: Write 2-3 sentences explaining what tasks you performed. (Example: I was an after-school tutor for 3rd grade students in Ms. Smith's class. Every day that I volunteered, I helped students by using flash cards to improve their spelling of the weekly word list and also their multiplication facts. Sometimes, I was asked by Ms. Smith to work one-on-one with a special student to help her practice her reading.)
- Impact: Write 2-4 sentences explaining how your participation helped benefit the community. (Example: By helping students practice their spelling and multiplication, they did better on their weekly tests. Also, because I was able to work with a few kids at a time, Ms. Smith was able to work one-on-one with students who needed help. When I worked with the students one-on-one, I helped her learn to read, which is a skill she will need forever.)
- Hour log: Each time you volunteer, write the day, date, and times that you volunteer. Also, calculate the hours worked for that day. At the end of each shift, have the supervisor sign. The supervisor must sign each time you volunteer.
- A letter is no longer required when you volunteer more than 10 hours at any one location. However, the supervisor may be contacted via e-mail or phone to verify hours.
The new form is available on the right hand side of this page.
The old forms will be accepted through the end of the 2015-16 school year.
Recorded hours, Service Learning Forms and a link to Service Opportunities are on the right of this page under "Locker."
Service Learning project form must be completely filled out and turned into room 301
Service Learning is a great opportunity for students to do the following:
Learn new skills
Reinforce material and skills learned in class
Meet new people
Explore possible career opportunities
Feel good about themselves and the community
Service Requirement for Graduation:
The Board of Education affirms the importance of a forty (40) hour service-learning requirement as a vital part of the instructional program and supports service-learning as an instructional strategy because it enables students to be confident, effective thinkers and problem-solvers as well as ethical participants in society. Per Board Policies 6142.4 and 6146, all Fremont Unified School District students must earn forty (40) hours of service between their 9th grade and 12th grade years in order to graduate from high school.
Fremont Unified has standardized the following components for service learning across the district’s high schools. Specific inquiries should be directed to individual school’s service coordinators and the school’s websites.
- Forms have been standardized across the district and are accepted at all campuses.
- Hours will be recorded until a student has earned 40 hours.
- Hours must adhere to district service learning requirements in order to be recorded.
- The District’s service learning coordinators will establish a list of pre-approved organizations that students can approach for service learning opportunities on an annual basis. Additional opportunities may be posted throughout the year. All other organizations must be pre-approved by the site service learning coordinator before a student begins the service.
- All service learning hours must be earned outside of the school day.
- Every hour earned must be accompanied by the district-approved form and must adhere to the most current guidelines.
- Hours cannot be earned until a student has attended the first day of freshman year.
- All forty (40) service hours must be completed by May 15 of a student’s graduation year in order to give staff enough time to verify and record. Principals may extend the deadline beyond May 15 on a case by case basis.
- Exceptions only apply to students who have not been part of the Fremont Unified School District for all four (4) of their high school years. These students must have ten (10) hours for each high school year in the district.
- Transfer students must bring their transcript with prior service learning hours to the school’s service coordinator in order for those hours to be entered into the student records.
- Hours must be turned in during the same academic year in which they were earned. Hours earned over the summer (9th-11th grade only) must be turned in by the end of the first quarter of the next academic year.
- Students are required to keep a copy of all forms and hours submitted over their four (4) years and are responsible to prove all hours in question.
- After a student has completed 40 hours of service, they are encouraged to continue volunteer work; however, additional hours will not be documented by the school’s service learning coordinator.
- An adult supervisor in attendance must sign off on all forms.
- Only non-profit organizations, registered as 501(c) qualify as service providers.
- Any student-created non-profit must have a state issued non-profit number and be able to show the programming through supported documentation. An adult supervisor that works for the non-profit must sign off on hours issued by the organization.
The following activities DO count for service hours:
- Science camp is awarded 40 hours when school is in session. Camps run during breaks from school (e.g., spring break, winter break) will receive full hours.
- Hours a student earns for supporting a school activity in which they are not a
participant and are verified by a school staff member (e.g., taking stats for the wrestling team when a student is not on the team).
- Senior citizen home outreach that has direct interaction with seniors.
- International service will only be accepted through an American-based organization that can be validated.
- In order to be eligible, any student-tour agency or summer program that has a service component must have a non-profit qualified agency (located in the U.S.) document hours.
- Work for a religious organization that benefits the community at large and does not promote its religion (e.g., clothing drives, food drives, feeding those in need).
- Hours spent training for services to be provided are capped at five (5) hours and must be directly related to a community-service event.
The following activities DO NOT count for service hours:
- Tasks that assume the responsibilities of a teaching assistant (e.g., grading papers, cleaning classrooms).
- Religious work or work that promotes a religious organization, including maintenance of grounds and meals connected to a service.
- Fundraising for an event where the money goes back to a club, organization, or team that a student is a member of.
- Court-mandated service hours.
- Any hours required for iCare (Adult School elective).
These guidelines are consistent throughout FUSD's high schools and are effective January 27, 2016.
Service Learning project form must be completely filled out and turned into room 301. Forms that do not meet the requirement, cannot be verified, or are not properly filled out will be returned to the student.
Students' service hours now appear on their portals. This can be seen only on the website version of School Loop, not the mobile app.
Hours will continue to be updated on School Loop at the end of each month.
Students who have questions regarding their service hours are encouraged to stop by room 301 at brunch and lunch.
If students feel there is an error in their hours, they should also bring copies of their forms.
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Friday, November 18:
Any hours earned over the summer (between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years) must be turned in by the end of lunch on Friday, November 18.
Monday, May 15:
Seniors must have completed and turned in their hours by the end of lunch on Monday, May 15. Those who do not have hours completed and turned in by the end of lunch on Monday, May 15 will be considered at risk of not graduating.
Friday, June 9:
All hours earned during the 2016-17 school year must be turned in by the end of lunch on Friday, June 9 in order to receive credit. Forms will not be accepted after this time, and hours may be forfeited.