Volunteers

 

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.

Volunteer Definition – One who voluntarily provides a service to the school district without compensation. The building principal authorizes the selection and use of parents/guardians, community members, and others, as volunteers to assist and supplement regular school district staff. The principal will provide a policy letter to each volunteer and obtain an affirmation form to be completed by the volunteer. Under no circumstances shall a volunteer be considered an employee of the district. A volunteer shall receive no wages or other valuable consideration for the performance of volunteer services. The volunteer position is not a right, but a privilege that is conferred by the Board. Any such volunteer position may be eliminated at any time for any reason or no reason.

Who needs to obtain volunteer clearances?
Any adult applying for or holding a volunteer position who is responsible for a child's welfare or has direct contact with children during curricular or co-curricular activities needs to obtain volunteer clearances. Examples include coaching assistants, classroom volunteers, Home & School activity volunteers, field trip chaperones, or school musical/drama volunteers. Clearances are not needed for such activities as concession stand operators (as long as children are not also working in the concession stand), 50/50 or raffle ticket sales at school and sports events, or one-time classroom visitors or educational speakers (though proper ID is still required for all school visitors).
 
If you have any questions as to whether a clearance and affirmation is needed for a particular volunteer role or activity, please contact your school principal. 

Don't Wait! 

Act 34 - the Pennsylvania State Police Clearance - can take 2 to 4 weeks to process and Act 151 - the Child Abuse History Clearance - can also take 2 to 4 weeks. You will NOT be allowed to volunteer or chaperone a school trip unless all appropriate volunteer paperwork is complete and submitted. Clearances/Background Checks are valid for five (5) years.

New Volunteer Registration/Activity Request Information

Our new system allows registration for multiple schools at once, volunteers will be able to identify activities they would like to participate in when volunteering, and will allow users to track the number of hours they volunteer using this new service. Click below link to register. 

 

https://appgarden5.app-garden.com/VolTrackPA91002.nsf

 

USER GUIDE

 

The first time you access the system you will need to click on the registration link to register your email address and create a password.  Sign-up is required for both New and Returning Volunteers!  Click on the:

 

 New registration button icon

 

You will receive an e-mail confirming your e-mail address. Then, go to your e-mail and click on the link in the e-mail to access the registration page. Once the application is submitted, you will receive an e-mail that the application is submitted. Background checks will be initiated if needed based on the activity level selected. An e-mail will notify you when they are approved. 

 

Please note: ***If you have been a resident of Pennsylvania for less than 10 years, you will need to have the FBI fingerprint criminal record check:  https://www.identogo.com/locations/pennsylvania
 
**Effective on July 25, 2015 the fees for the Criminal History Record (Act 34) and Child Abuse (Act 151) are waived for volunteers.** 
 
More information about Act 153 of 2014 and the other new laws resulting from the child protection package are available at KeepKidsSafe.pa.gov.