Bensalem Township School District recognizes that volunteers make valuable contributions in our schools. The Board encourages the use of volunteers, subject to the guidelines set forth in School Board Policy #916. This policy requires background checks to be completed for specific
levels of volunteerism and is intended to strengthen the safeguards we
have in place for anyone whose service puts them in contact with our
students. It is essential that we create and maintain the safest possible
environment for our students, and this policy is part of that
assurance and in full compliance with laws and guidelines mandated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
policy applies to parents, guardians, and all other members of the community who volunteer in our schools or serve as chaperones, and
requires a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Report (Act 34) and Child Abuse Clearance Statement (Act 151) background checks. Additionally, all volunteers must sign a Volunteer Disclosure Statement.
- State Police
Criminal History Record - Act 34
- Child Abuse - Act
151 (Child Abuse) Background Check
- Volunteer Disclosure Statement ~ Volunteer Disclosure Statement
Clarifications to the state’s new law regarding
background clearances for volunteers who have direct and routine
contact with children are now law. House
Bill 1276 was signed into law in early July 2015, bringing more
clarity to Act 153 of 2014, which requires additional and periodic background
checks for both employees and volunteers who are directly involved with children. Under the new law, volunteers must obtain the
clearances if they have direct volunteer contact, meaning that they have care,
supervision, guidance or control and routine interaction with children. Also,
all volunteers subject to the background check clearances
will be required to re-certify all of those clearances every five years, instead
of every three years.
The measure also makes a number of clarifications with respect to the cost,
portability and re-certification of the two main clearances – the Department of
Human Services child abuse clearance and the State Police criminal background
**Effective on July 25, 2015 the fees for the Criminal History Record (Act 34) and Child Abuse (Act 151) are waived for volunteers.**
Once you receive your clearances, please take them to the office in the school where you will be volunteering.
More information about Act 153 of 2014 and the other new
laws resulting from the child protection package are available at KeepKidsSafe.pa.gov.