Important Information for School Volunteers and Guests

Guidelines for School Volunteers

The Halifax Area School District welcomes and encourages volunteers in its schools, classrooms, and as part of athletics and extracurricular activities. For the safety of district students and staff, and in complying with Act 15 of 2015 (formerly Act 153 of 2014), the Halifax Area School District distinguishes between school volunteers and school guests.

 A school volunteer is “someone who is not under the constant supervision of the district’s paid staff.” Examples: a field trip chaperone, a dance chaperone, or an activity provider.

 A school guest is “someone who is under the constant supervision of the district’s paid staff and can be accompanied by a staff person at all times.” Examples: a guest speaker, a vendor, a classroom helper.

 School volunteers must provide the District with an original Act 34 Criminal History Record Check and an Act 151 Child Abuse History Clearance (obtained through the PA Department of Education only), both of these clearances are free for volunteers but the applicant must check volunteer on the form.

 Prospective school volunteers who have not lived in Pennsylvania continuously for the past ten (10) years must also provide an Act 114 FBI Criminal History Clearance obtained at the prospective volunteer’s expense. Those prospective volunteers who have lived in Pennsylvania continuously for the past ten (10) years may sign a Disclosure Statement Application for Volunteers and, therefore, would not be required to obtain the FBI Clearance.

 Clearances must be renewed every 60 months (5 years). All necessary paperwork can be found in the 'Employment Requirement' section of the district's website.

 Submit all clearances to the appropriate building principal.

 Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Halifax Area School District!

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