Service to School and Community Overview:
Quincy Public Schools is committed to the education of the whole student, encouraging their development into citizens who are invested and involved in their school and the greater community. To that end, the concept of the service is informally introduced at an early age in the Quincy Public Schools, with many elementary schools taking on individual initiatives, such as raising money for hurricane victims or collecting items for soldier care packages. In middle school, programs such as Operation Day’s Work formalize the concept of service for interested students. At the high school level, student clubs and organizations such as the National Honor Society and ROTC have service requirements for their members. These students reap the benefits of their service through opportunities to develop leadership, social skills and an exposure to people of all ages. Service to School and Community may not be compensated in any way. It cannot be performed during scheduled academic class time. The service must benefit someone other than the student or a relative of the student; it should be of the general benefit to their school, another school, or the greater community.
Who must Complete Service?
Quincy Public Schools is in the process of requiring a minimum of 30 hours of service to school and community as a graduation requirement. Students will complete 10 hours of approved service per year up until their junior year. See below for class requirements in the 2014-2015 school year:
Class of 2015 —
- Students who have completed their 20 hours have met the requirement. No additional hours will be due for senior year!
- Students who have not completed their 20 hours must do so over the summer and submit their verification forms on their return in September. Students who fail to complete their hours will be ineligible to attend homecoming, senior prom, graduation, etc.
Class of 2016 —
- Students must complete 20 hours of service before January 1st, 2016. Students who have not completed their hours by this date will be ineligible to attend senior prom, graduation, etc.
Class of 2017 —
- Students must complete 20 hours of service before September 1st, 2016. Students who have not completed 10 hours by April 1st of 2016 will not be able to attend junior prom.
Class of 2018 —
- Incoming freshmen and all future freshmen will be expected to complete 30 hours of service by September 1st of their senior year. Students who have not completed 20 hours by April 1st of their junior year will not be able to attend junior prom.
When should Service be performed?
Students may work on Service to School and Community activities after school, during school vacations (including over the summer), or on weekends.
The volunteer work can benefit at least one other person or a group. The volunteer activity should be completed at the student’s school, middle or elementary school, or a nonprofit agency or organization that has been pre-approved. Students may utilize their own special skills and talents by assisting with recreation programs such as sports teams, tutoring younger students, volunteering at senior citizen housing, collecting and distributing food an supplies for a social services agency, improving the environment, or helping at a community event.
How are Service to School and Community hours recorded and awarded?
Students can choose their Service to School and community projects from the pre-approved list of opportunities. Student organizations such as clubs, sports teams, and classes or individual students are encouraged to develop their own proposals. These unique proposals will need to be pre-approved at each high school, by filling out a Service to School and Community Pre-approval Form. At the conclusion of the project, the student must submit a completed Service Coordinator. Service hours will be recorded and reviewed at specified times of the year. All students will have their hours complete by the first week of September of their Senior Year.