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Thank you for your interest in our dad volunteer program!

Watch D.O.G.S. is an international program boasting over 3.2 million volunteer hours and 2.8 million students positively impacted. 


In order to participate in Vista del Mar's Watch D.O.G.S. program, you must attend an Orientation. The next Orientation will be a morning event in January. If you are unable to attend an Orientation, email us at vdmwatchdogs@gmail.com.

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What is Watch D.O.G.S.?

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is a national volunteer program where dads spend a full day serving as an extra set of eyes and ears on campus as well as positive role models to students. Visit www.dadsofgreatstudents.com for more information on the National Watch D.O.G.S. program. 

What’s the time commitment?

You will spend the entire day at school from 7:40am to 2:45pm, one time during a school year. There may be an opportunity to volunteer again if there is availability.

What will I be doing?

Most of the time, you will be outside helping with recess and lunch, PE, traffic, and walking perimeter patrols. You will also have a chance to spend half an hour in your kid’s classroom(s). In the classroom, you will be assisting the teacher with various tasks (assisting a math group, reading to kids, making copies, etc.)

Can I get work done while volunteering?

You will have multiple short breaks, including during lunch, to return calls and work while in the Watch DOGS Cave (a room designated for Watch D.O.G.S. volunteers). Please note that being on the phone is discouraged while in front of the kids however.

Who can volunteer?

Any father figure can volunteer. Dads, uncles, and grandpas are typically the types of positive role models that volunteer.

Will I have any training?

Yes. Every volunteer receives a great deal of information before the volunteer day, including an orientation, playground procedures, do’s & dont’s, etc. You will also be given a Watch DOGS vest and a walkie talkie to use for the day.

Do I need to be fingerprinted to volunteer?

No. There are two levels of clearance. All volunteers are cleared at a Tier II level when they sign in with our Raptor System upon arrival. This is mandatory and is when you recieve your name tag. Tier II volunteers are not permitted to be alone with students. The second level of clearance is Tier I. This is the LiveScan process where you will be fingerprinted and cleared with the State of California Department of Justice. Please note there is a charge for this service. When you have Tier I clearance, you are permitted to be unsupervised with students and go field trips. Click HERE for the LiveScan Service Request Form.

If you are interested in learning more or have any questions,

PLEASE CONTACT vdmwatchdogs@gmail.com

Download Safety and Playground Protocols Here!

All volunteers must be familiar with these documents.