Register NOW to volunteer in school or with the Poe PTO!

Poe Elementary strives to provide a safe and respectful environment for all of our students, teachers and loved ones. Thank you for helping ensure that safety is a top priority.  All volunteers working with children must complete the Volunteers in Public School (VIPS) registration process which includes HISD background checks and registering with the Poe front office. These steps need to be completed attend field trips, assist in the classroom, tutor, etc. This registration is not required to attend class parties. Please follow the steps below well in advance of a volunteering in the school or with the Poe PTO.

Each Poe Volunteer MUST be registered and cleared with the VIPS program.  New volunteers can complete their VIPS registration now by following this link. IF VOLUNTEERS HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED for VIPS in the past and were active last year they do not have to register again through the website, they just have to bring in their ID to the school office.


Step 1:  Click on the link to “Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS)” and follow the directions. Click on “How can I lend a hand? Register Now!”

Step 2:  After registering online, you must personally provide proof of identification in the front office. (Acceptable forms of identification include Texas Driver's License, Official Passport, Texas Identification Card, Official U. S. Military ID, other U.S. Driver's License, Matricula Consular).

Step 3:  Identification information will be processed by HISD VIPS database. Criminal history background check can take 2-3 weeks to complete. Once you are CLEARED to volunteer, you are eligible to volunteer throughout HISD. You will be required to complete the check each year.

Step 4: Sign in and out of the VIPS binder in the front office each time you volunteer on campus. You will receive a volunteer/visitor sticker to wear while you are on campus.


Step 1: Take your proof of identification to the front office.

Step 2: Once HISD VIPS has processed the background check, you will sign in & out of the VIPS binder and receive a volunteer/visitor sticker from the front office every time you visit campus.

For questions, please email VP-VIPS Communication at