Due to the Covid-19 crisis, Gilroy students are unable to complete the Community Service requirements as stated in Board Policy 6146.1.
At the September 17, 2020 GUSD Board Meeting, the Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education modified the existing policy to assist our students:
The Class of 2021 will not be required to complete the graduation requirement.
Seniors with 160+ hours will be recognized with green cords upon graduation.
The Senior from each school with the most hours will be recognized with their name on the perpetual plaque.
Using the prorated five hours per quarter philosophy:
The Class of 2022 will be required to complete 55 hours as part of the graduation requirements.
The Class of 2023 will need to complete 55 hours of community service.
The Class of 2024 will be required to complete 60 hours as part of the graduation requirements. No hours will be required for the 2020-2021 school year.
Until there is a full return of students to school the only community service hours accepted to fulfill this requirement will be those completed virtually.
In addition, beginning with the class of 2024 students will be required to complete 20 hours by May 1 of each school year in order to be eligible for school-sponsored activities (ie Prom, Winter Ball, Athletic team participation, etc ). Students must turn in any hours completed within 30 days of completion in order to receive credit for those hours.
Please direct any questions regarding Community Service to the Community Service Coordinator at your school.
Beginning with the graduating class of 2014, high school students in GUSD must complete a minimum of 80 hours of community service. To graduate, all GUSD students will fulfill a minimum of 80 hours of community service, no later than May 1 of their senior year. Students must earn ten hours in at least two of these categories:
- Senior citizens
- Young children
- Disabled citizens
- The environment
- The homeless
- Animal care
- Promoting health and physical fitness
- Promoting the arts and culture
To document community service hours, students should:
- Take the GUSD timesheet with them to the community service activity
- Fill out the form completely
- Make sure the supervisor at the community service activity signs off on the hours
- Sign the timesheet
- Have the parent sign the timesheet
- Make a copy of the timesheet for his or her records
- Return the form directly to their school's community service coordinator
Community service is a service that is performed for the benefit of the public or its institutions. Community service is defined as volunteer service for an approved nonprofit agency.