Volunteering in Schools
A volunteer is a person who services the district without compensation on a planned and approved basis. All volunteers must submit the following clearances:
While we encourage parent participation in our schools, please be aware that to volunteer for the Penn-Trafford School District you must have current Act 34/PA Criminal History, Act 151/Child Abuse, and Act 114/Federal Fingerprint (or Act 114 Waiver if you have lived in Pennsylvania for the past ten years or more consecutive years). Your initial clearances must have been obtained within one year of the date that you would be volunteering in the school. Once you receive your clearances, they will remain in effect for five years per Act 153. At the end of the five years, you must obtain new clearances if you want to continue your role as a volunteer.
Chaperone / Coach
The roles of chaperone and coach include direct supervision of students, and therefore the Act 114 Waiver cannot be accepted. You must have current Act 34 (PA Criminal History), Act 151 (Child Abuse) and Act 114 (Federal Fingerprints).
When you receive your clearances, please take them to the school office so the secretary can make a copy for their file. If you have a record, please make an appointment with your child’s principal to discuss it. Minor incidents that do not hinder the welfare of a child do not prevent one from becoming a volunteer.
District Volunteer Policies
Frequently Asked Questions
Answer: The parent will not need clearances because they are not working with a child. They are serving as the guest of the teacher and will not take a supervisory role or be alone with a child.
Answer: The attendee will not need clearances because they were invited by the school to either watch their child perform or socialize with their child as they eat. The attendee in this case is not volunteering and there will be staff members in charge of supervision.
Answer: They need their clearances because they are performing a service where they have direct access to children.
Answer: They will still need their clearances because they are working with or supervising children.
Answer: The parent will not need new clearances until the end of the three year time period expires. The clearances are good for three years from the time that the parent receives them.
Answer: The parent will still be able to volunteer as only records for items under PA Title 18 Consolidated Statutes or equivalent crime in another state, territory, commonwealth, or foreign nation prevent you from volunteering for an organization.
Answer: It is a requirement of the state mandated PA Act 153.
Answer: The clearances expire five years from the date that is listed on their clearances.
Answer: The clearances expire five years from the date that is listed on the clearance so you will not need them until August 15, 2025.
Answer: You will not be able to volunteer as the district’s policy requires all 3 clearances, or 2 clearances and a waiver for the fingerprints if you are a ten-year consecutive resident of the state of PA.