Volunteer Information

Volunteers are an essential ingredient in the success of our schools and student. This webpage has a wealth of information including required documents, a helpful Checklist, Frequently Asked Questions and links to volunteer opportunities within the school district. Questions may be directed to Ava Gonteski, agont@spring-ford.net, or 610-705-6208.

  • Volunteers will need to submit five forms before they are cleared to volunteer.
  • All five forms should be printed and sent together , in one complete packet, to the District Office. Only complete packed will be accepted. However, we recommend submitting your paperwork early in the school year. Please include this CHECKLIST when sending your five documents.
  • The average turnaround time is about two weeks, NEW volunteers should keep this in mind when looking at the schedule of events.
  • Please submit clearances early in the school year. All forms should be printed and returned to the District Office. There is a two week turn around, please keep this in mind prior to volunteer event date.

Limited Contact Volunteer requirements
Substantial Contact Volunteer requirements
BEFORE YOU SUBMIT
  • Did you complete the Volunteer Checklist
  • Have you printed the five required documents
    • Volunteer Registration and Disclosure Statement
    • TB Risk Assessment Questionnaire for Volunteers
    • PA Criminal Record Certificate
    • Child Abuse History Certificate
    • Volunteer Affidavit or FBI Criminal Clearance Report

FAQ'S

TYPES OF VOLUNTEERS: LIMITED AND SUBSTANTIAL
According to this policy, all volunteers will be placed into one of two categories:

1. Limited Contact Volunteer: A volunteer in this category is in the range of volunteers who may perform a role with little to no contact with students, indirect contact with students, direct contact with students up to roles with or in close proximity to a school district employee while performing his/her volunteer service and there is NO time when the volunteer is alone with a student or in a secluded, isolated or remote area with a student without a school district employee being present. Limited Contact volunteers include, but are not limited to, chaperones for single day field-trips, working events with home and school and other parents organizations, working in the concession stand, serving as a daily classroom, library or office assistant and/or assisting with classroom or building special events. Limited Contact Volunteers will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Spring-Ford Volunteer Registration and Disclosure Statement – Each year, all volunteers shall be required to complete and sign the Spring-Ford Volunteer Registration and Disclosure Statement and the Tuberculosis Exposure Risk Assessment Questionnaire. These forms must be submitted to each school building that the volunteer wishes to volunteer in and will be kept on file in the main school building office.
  • TB Risk Assessment Questionnaire for Volunteers
  • Child Protective Services Law – Under amendments to the state Child Protective Services law, all teachers, staff, administrators, contractors and volunteers who come into contact with students must obtain specific clearances. Prior to participating in any volunteer opportunity, each Spring-Ford Area School District volunteer shall be required to complete and submit the following three clearances:
  • Act 114 - FBI Criminal Clearance Report: A Limited Contact volunteer shall submit the FBI Criminal Clearance Report (finger printing) or, if the volunteer has been a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the entirety of the previous 10 years, they must complete the Volunteer Affidavit swearing and affirming that they are not disqualified from volunteer service.

2. Substantial Contact Volunteer: A volunteer who will or is reasonably likely to have direct contact with a student while performing his/her volunteer service without direct supervision by a school district employee. Direct contact time may include, but is not limited to, coaching and/or assisting with an athletic team or musical performing group, advising an extracurricular activity, chaperoning an overnight field trip or competition, and/or providing supplemental assistance to a student without direct supervision by a school district employee. Substantial Contact Volunteers will be required to submit the following documents:
  • Spring-Ford Volunteer Registration and Disclosure Statement – Each year, all volunteers shall be required to complete and sign the Spring-Ford Volunteer Registration and Disclosure Statement and the Tuberculosis Exposure Risk Assessment Questionnaire. These forms must be submitted to each school building that the volunteer wishes to volunteer in and will be kept on file in the main school building office.
  • TB Risk Assessment Questionnaire for Volunteers -
  • Child Protective Services Law – Under amendments to the state Child Protective Services law, all teachers, staff, administrators, contractors and volunteers who come into contact with students must obtain specific clearances. Prior to participating in any volunteer opportunity, each Spring-Ford Area School District volunteer shall be required to complete and submit the following three clearances:
  • Act 114 - FBI Criminal Clearance Report : A Substantial Contact volunteer shall submit the full FBI Criminal Clearance Report (finger printing).

Unfortunately, the district is unable to reimburse those volunteers who have already paid for their FBI Criminal Clearance Report. All clearances will be effective for five years.

All clearances must be received at least two weeks prior to the volunteer activity. All visitors and volunteers will still be required to use the Raptor Visitor Management System upon entering each school.
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