Most King County school districts do not allow students to use class time to fulfill community service requirements.
The ethic of service – giving our time and talents to help others and benefit the common good – develops within families and is often reinforced in schools. Since 2000, Communities Count has surveyed King County school districts to learn how they encourage students to participate in community service.
18 of King County’s 19 school districts responded to Communities Count’s request for information in 2011. Of these, only 1 neither encouraged nor required community service in their middle and/or high schools. All remaining districts had some kind of community service program in high school, and 9 extended these programs to middle schools.
- In 2005, a peak of 70% of districts allowed high school students to use class time for service activities.
- By 2011, however, middle and high schools returned to earlier policies requiring that students serve the community on their own time.