Welcome VolunteersOwen 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:
PA State 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
PA 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
Federal Criminal History Report – Dated no more than one year prior to the application date. This requires fingerprinting. Please see registration and directions at Cogentid.3M.com (Must use Internet Explorer.) (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.)
PDE – 6004 Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form – Dated as of application date. The PDE -6004 form can be found by clicking here.
Continuing 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 conviction.
Additionally, 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 ApplicationIn 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.The district 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.