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.
The 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.
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 check.