• What Clearances Do Volunteers Need?
     
    According to Act 153, as of July 1, 2015 the following clearances are required for school volunteers. Please click on the links below to go directly to the appropriate website.
     
    Potential volunteers must present clearances/exception statement to a school or District representative. It is highly recommended that potential volunteers also bring an additional copy of their clearances as this will expedite the process, . Upon verifying the clearances/exception statement, the school or District representative will return one set of copies back to the individual and retain a copy of each clearance/exception statement. Please complete the VOLUNTEER CLEARANCES CHECKLIST and submit with your materials.
     
    All schools and Central Administration will accept clearances during regular school hours. If the individual has been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years, the following four items are needed:
     
    • Pennsylvania State Police Clearance
    *If completing online, the Record Check Status Detail is NOT the actual clearance. Applicants must click on the words “Certification Form” on the middle of the screen in order to view and print the actual clearance certificate. The actual Criminal Record Check clearance should have the seal as a watermark on the form.
    • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
    • Signed “Volunteer Clearance Exception” statement
    • Signed Volunteer Clearance Checklist
    If the individual has NOT been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years, the following four items are needed:
    • Pennsylvania State Police Clearance
    *If completing online, the Record Check Status Detail is NOT the actual clearance. Applicants must click on the words “Certification Form” on the middle of the screen in order to view and print the actual clearance certificate. The actual Criminal Record Check clearance should have the seal as a watermark on this form.
    • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report-PDE
      • Click here to register online. After you register online, you will need to visit a Cogent fingerprint facility. The Cogent website includes a map noting where these facilities are located throughout Pennsylvania.
    • Signed Volunteer Clearance Checklist
    The North Allegheny School District defines volunteers in one of three ways. Independent and Assistive Volunteers are required to obtain and submit clearances prior to serving in a volunteer capacity. The school and District administration will communicate the types of volunteers needed for each activity.
      
    Independent Volunteers – Any volunteer who 1) works under the general direction and supervision of an adult employed by the District; and 2) provides direct services to students or may, from time to time, have or may be reasonably expected to have unsupervised contact with students. Examples of Independent Volunteers include, but are not limited to: volunteer tutors, classroom center volunteers and chaperones for field trips.
     
    Assistive Volunteers – Any volunteer who 1) works directly under the supervision and direction of an adult employed by the District; and 2) does not provide direct services to students or have unsupervised contact with students. Examples of Assistive Volunteers include, but are not limited to: homeroom parents, individuals who assist with school activities and holiday parties.
     
    Classroom Presentation Volunteers – Any individual who volunteers to present during a classroom lesson or school activity and is under the direct supervision of a classroom teacher or administrator during the entirety of the presentation. These volunteer opportunities are typically one-time events. Examples of Classroom Presentation Volunteers include, but are not limited to: Guest Speakers, Mystery Readers, TAG volunteers and College Admission Career Day volunteers. Elementary Field Day volunteers may fall into this category provided they are under the guidance of and directly observed by a classroom teacher or administrator throughout the event.

    Each of the links below shows you what a completed clearance should look like.
    *If completing online, the Record Check Status Detail is NOT the actual clearance. Applicants must click on the words “Certification Form” on the middle of the screen in order to view and print the actual clearance certificate. The actual Criminal Record Check clearance should have the seal as a watermark on the form similar to the sample included here.