The Spring-Ford Area School District Board values the unique contributions made by parents, guardians and community volunteers to the educational and extracurricular programs of the school district. Accordingly, the Board encourages the use of parent/guardian and community volunteers, subject to certain requirements and procedures as set forth below.
Definition of a Volunteer
A volunteer is defined as any individual who performs a service for the school district without compensation, remuneration or other consideration and who otherwise meets the requirements of this policy. A volunteer must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. A volunteer need not be a parent/guardian of a student enrolled in the school district. A volunteer, for purposes of this policy, shall include but is not limited to the following opportunities:
- Serving as a daily classroom, library or office assistant
- Assisting with classroom or building special events/celebrations
- Chaperoning a single day field trip and/or overnight field trip/competition
- Volunteering with any of the district interscholastic athletic teams and musical performance groups
- Advising or assisting an extracurricular activity
- Providing supplemental assistance to a student
Holding the position of a volunteer is not a right, but a privilege conferred upon the volunteer by the Board, acting through the building principal of each school within the school district. All volunteers have specific requirements, including submitting this form, that need to be completed PRIOR to participating in any volunteer experience.
Child Protective Services Law – On December 31, 2014, changes to the Pennsylvania State Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) became effective. Clearance documents for all volunteers are valid with the district for a maximum of five (5) years and must be updated and resubmitted in order to continue as a volunteer. Prior to participating in any volunteer opportunity, each volunteer shall be required to complete and submit:
- Act 34 (Criminal History Clearance Report)
- Act 151 (Child Abuse Clearance Report)
- Act 114 (FBI Criminal Clearance Report)
The new volunteer clearance requirements went into effect July 1, 2015.