Community Service Guidelines
Students may earn up to two (2) graduation credits by participating in a planned program of the school and/or community service. Twenty-five (25) hours which is the equivalent of .25 credit of Community Service will be required for graduation. Every 100 hours of successful voluntary, non-paid community service in an approved school or community/social service agency allows the student to earn one credit. Students are allowed to earn partial credit based on the number of hours served (i.e., sixty hours = .60 credits). The Program Coordinator or school counselor will provide specific details about the program. Verification forms are available in the College & Career Center (S171a). The 25 required hours must be completed by the end of semester one of a student’s senior year.
To avoid any chance that a student will perform hours that will not be acceptable, students must have the proposed community service pre-approved through the College & Career Center or their counselor.
- Students may complete their community service hours at any time during grades 9 -11 based on pre-approval by the coordinator. Grade 12 students must complete hours by January.
- Community service hours should be turned in upon completion of the community service activity. If the activity is ongoing we recommend that hours be turned in on a semester or yearly basis for record keeping purposes.
- Students must serve their planned program in a school or 501c3 non-profit community/social service agency or governmental entity. Here is a list of suggested sites. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but just suggestive.
- Any Naugatuck Public School
- Non-Profit Agencies
- Red Cross/Salvation Army/Goodwill
- Rotary/Elks/Exchange/Lions sponsored events
- Senior Center
- Nursing Homes
- Animal Shelter
- Naugatuck Historical Society
- Fire/Police Dept.
- Police Explorers
- Naugatuck Youth Services
- Special Olympics
- Hidden Acres Farm
- Soup Kitchen
- At NHS: Peer Tutoring, Excel Club, Interact Club, Team Managers, Best Buddies, Blood Drives, Parent Evening Escorts, Sodexho
- family related activities or businesses; odd jobs for neighbors or relatives; detention facilities; any activities that violate child labor laws; service rendered as a prerequisite for employment, service which allows the student to barter for other personal benefits; services which put the student in harm’s way; activities which leave the student unsupervised or working only with an employee who is not in a supervisory position; private home daycares or business.
- A student cannot volunteer for work that is normally done by a paid employee, even if the student does the work for free. The following examples would not be accepted as community service.
- Working at any business to help out with work (the business is for profit)
- Helping out at a dance studio or gym
- Helping out at a local daycare business
- Watching siblings or an older relative
- Community service must be performed during non-school hours, except for students who perform community service during their lunch breaks or study halls, such as peer tutors, library assistants, etc.
- Students may not be paid or receive any remuneration for their services. Community service hours cannot be hours served for other purposes.
- Credit will be awarded when proper documentation from the on-site supervisor is received. Paperwork must be completed by an adult employee working in a supervisory capacity.
- When documentation of successful completion is received, the coordinator will complete the paperwork to award credit and the interpersonal skill graduation performance standard as applicable. A student must complete 25 hours to receive .25 credit. Twenty-five hours will fulfill part of the required 21st Century Learner Civic Expectation graduation requirement.
- It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the forms and to return the completed forms to the coordinator. NHS will not mail or retrieve forms for students.
- Students are not allowed to do court-ordered community service at NHS and cannot count court-ordered community service toward NHS credit.