Owen J. Roberts Board of School Directors encourages the use of parent and community volunteers to support the educational programs of the School District.
Acceptable Volunteer Activities:
The Board encourages the use of parent and community volunteers to support the educational programs of the School District, subject to certain requirements and procedures as set forth in Policy 916
. Acceptable activities for volunteers in the classroom fall into the general category of providing practice in skills and strategies previously taught by classroom teachers. Please see Regulation #916A
for acceptable activities for volunteers to carry out with students.
In March 2016, the Owen J. Roberts School Board revised our Volunteer Policy – Board Policy
#916. The Volunteer Policy applies to parents and all other members of the community who volunteer in our schools, or serve as overnight chaperones.
We now offer the capability to upload/scan your completed clearances.
Step 1. Volunteer applicants must complete the clearance requirements below prior to completing the Volunteer Application:
Police Criminal History Check– as required by Act 34 –
Dated no more than one year prior to the application date. Application found online through PATCH at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Check– as
required by Act 151 – Dated no more than one year prior to the application date. Application found at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
Criminal History Report – Dated no more than one year prior to
the application date. This requires
fingerprinting. Please see registration
and directions at www.pa.cogentid.com (Please
Note– this not required for a
volunteer who completes a written statement that he or she has been a
Pennsylvania resident during the entirety of the previous 10 year period. The
written statement can be found by clicking here.)
6004 Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form –
Dated as of application date. The PDE -6004 form can be found by clicking here.
Reporting Obligations – part
of the application indicating that if
the applicant is arrested or convicted of any of the enumerated offenses while
serving as an interim non-faculty sponsor, they shall provide the building
principal with written notice no later than 72 hours after an arrest or
all school volunteers and school visitors are subject to Raptor (or such other
building level security program as may exist) screening. All clearances must be dated within one year
of the application. No individual will
be approved to serve as a volunteer if any of the required clearances evidence
an offense which would preclude such an individual from being employed in the
Pennsylvania public schools.
All of the above
outlined clearances are completed at the expense of the applicant and are good
for five years. Please refer to the attached
updated cost information for the required clearance.
Step 2. Complete Volunteer Application
In accordance with legislation, this policy calls for all volunteers to complete a Volunteer Application, and background checks for all School District Volunteers. You will be able to upload the completed clearances directly to the application.
highly values the support of our parents and community members and acknowledges
the degree to which volunteers enrich students’ educational and extracurricular
activities. We appreciate our involved
volunteers and the benefits we receive from their district involvement. However, the combination of legal
requirements and the focus of student safety have led many school districts
nationwide to institute similar policies.
If you have
any questions regarding the Volunteer application process, please contact your child's school.
Once you have received all of your clearances back from the agencies, please click on the link below to start the Volunteer application.