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Student Work-Based Learning/Community Service Requirement

The section below applies only to Community Service hours 

  1. Completing ten hours of Community Service per year is recommended. 
  2. Seniors are encouraged to complete all of their hours by the end of first semester to ensure an accurate account of total hours completed by graduation. 
  3. PUSD guidelines for Community Service require students work only for a Non- Profit Organization (501c3, tax exempt status). 
  4. Students who are completing the International Baccalaureate Program and/or Pathways Certification requirements may use hours from those specific programs to fulfill the Community Service/Work Based Learning hours noted above. 


Definition of Community Service 
The giving of one’s time, efforts and skills outside of school class time for the purpose of benefiting the community (local or global), without monetary compensation.  

Selection of Community Service Opportunities 

  1. Students select a “hands-on” Community Service project of interest and then contact the non-profit organization to sign up. 
  2. The non-profit organization must be able to use student volunteers outside of the school day on weekdays or on weekends. 
  3. Students may receive Community Service hours for volunteering on political campaigns, to benefit an individual, or an issue. Students may receive hours for working on non-partisan events, or working at the polls after school hours. 
  4. Students receive credit for working as “hands-on” support of charitable fundraisers. 


These are NOT acceptable activities for Community Service and/or Work-Based Learning: 

  1. Babysitting or working at home 
  2. Activities that solicit funds (Ex: In a marathon to raise money for cancer research, a student may get credit for setting up, or handing out water bottles, etc., but not for asking for donations or running) 
  3. Working for a family-based business without pay. 


Options for Community Service include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Humane Society Museums  
  • Police Station 
  • Senior Citizen Homes  
  • Religious Institutions (Church, Mosque, Synagogue, Temple)
  • Habitat for Humanity  
  • Fire Station  
  • Libraries  
  • School Sites 
  • Parks/Recreation Center 
  • Hospitals 
  • Tournament of Roses/Float Decoration 


Guidelines for Verification Forms

  1. A supervisor from the organization of service must be able to verify the hours completed with a signature and business card. Parents and students may not sign as a supervisor on the verification form. 
  2. The verification form needs to be completed by the student and turned in to their counselor within one calendar month from the last day of service. Students can keep track of on-going Community Service hours on a monthly basis by using the Community Service timesheet available on the PUSD website via the Counseling link. 
  3. Students are encouraged to complete their Community Service hours during the summer months and turn in their verification forms in September. 
  4. Complete page 2 with details of your activities. 


Please see your school counselor for questions regarding Community Service.

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