VIPS Approval

Before volunteering at Mark Twain in any capacity or accompanying your child’s class on a field trip, you must register as an HISD Volunteer!

VIPS are HISD volunteers. Each year, thousands of parents, students and community partners support HISD students and teachers by volunteering their time. VIPS represent all economic, ethnic and educational backgrounds. They are caring adults or children, who tutor students, serve as classroom assistants to teachers, provide enrichment and hands-on experience with computers, work in the library, clinic, office, cafeteria, and provide other support.

How can I become a VIPS?
All volunteers must register online and pass a criminal background check before they can participate as a volunteer. Please follow the steps below to become a VIPS:

Step 1: Register online at VIPS .
Step 2: Once you have registered take your proof of identification to Liz Cisneros in the front office.
Step 3: Identification information will go into our database for processing and your criminal background check will be processed by HISD.
Step 4: The criminal history background check can take 2-3 weeks to complete.
Step 5: Once you are CLEARED to volunteer, you are eligible to volunteer throughout HISD.

What type of identification is accepted?
– Texas Driver’s License
– Official Passport
– Texas Identification Card
– Official U.S. Military ID
– Driver’s License (issued by any state in the U.S.)
– Resident Alien Card

Returning volunteers will need to show proof of an acceptable photo ID to Liz Cisneros in the office to verify and submit for the background check. Note: The returning volunteer will not need to register online again.  Only volunteers with a Cleared status will be able to volunteer in HISD.

If you have any questions, please contact Paige Schulz at

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