What is Watch DOGS?
Watch DOGS is a Dad’s program (Dads Of Great Students) designed to support the school by incorporating Dads into the school. Watch DOGS not only serve to help provide safety and security to the school but to also interact with students at all grade levels. Watch DOGS is a program offered to schools through the National Center for Fathering.
What are a Watch DOGS responsibilities?
A Watch DOGS daily responsibilities will include the following:
- Assisting with student drop off and pick up
- Assisting in the cafeteria with student lunches
- Assist the staff by patrolling the school grounds, both inside and outside, throughout the day
- Assist teachers with recess (yes, you get to play!)
- Assist teachers in the classroom by spending time with students. You may help with reading groups, math tutoring, or anything else the teacher needs help with that pertains to students.
- Hang out with kids during the day, including yours
Watch DOGS arrive at the school between 7:30 and 7:45 am and check in at the front office. At that time Watch DOGS receive their specialized instructions/schedule for the day. (Be sure to bring your sack lunch)
Watch DOGS finish their day after student dismissal at about 3:00 pm.
How do I sign up?
In order to be a WatchDOG at Flower Mound Elementary, a dad or father figure must complete the registration form. After that, you will be given the rest of the instructions on how to complete the registration process. It is not long, and requires only little bit of effort, mostly on the background check.
What is the time commitment?
One day. You pick from any of the available days on the calendar. Arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 am and go home at 3:00 pm. That’s it!
How much does it cost to be a watchdog?
The short answer is no. However, if you would like to contribute to the program to help defray the costs – those are always welcome.
What should a watchdog not do?
- Go into students’ (girls or boys) restrooms
- Be alone or unsupervised with students
- Espouse political or religious beliefs to students
- Sell or give their official WATCH D.O.G.S.® T-shirt to someone who isn’t an approved WatchDOG volunteer.
- Engage in any conduct that brings disrespect to himself or his student(s), the
School and/or the WATCH D.O.G.S.® Program and other volunteering fathers.
What if I have more questions about Watch DOGS?
Feel free to contact Ryan Meinzer, the WatchDOGS FME Coordinator using the contact form.