The well-being and safety of all students are a top priority in Pennsbury School District. Please be aware that parents/guardians who volunteer in the school, and parents/guardians who volunteer to be a field trip chaperone must obtain prior background checks/clearances in advance. This will be strictly enforced to comply with District Policy and ensure the safety of the children. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and compliance with this policy.
How to Obtain Background Clearances:
The fee for volunteers who work with children is waived effective July, 25, 2015.
2. Act 151 Child Abuse History Clearance: You may obtain this online at
https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS. The fee for volunteers who work with children is waived
effective July, 25, 2015.
3. Prospective volunteers WHO HAVE NOT resided in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 10
consecutive years, must also obtain the FBI Clearance/Fingerprinting. Applications forms and
instructions are available at http://www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm. The cost of the fingerprint service is $27.00. You must register prior to going to the fingerprinting location.
*A prospective volunteer is required to obtain only the Pennsylvania State criminal
background and child abuse clearances, and is not required to secure the above
FBI/fingerprint clearance if, and only if, the following three conditions are met:
- The prospective volunteer is applying for an unpaid position;
- The prospective volunteer has been a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania continuously for the prior ten (10) year period; and The prospective volunteer swears or affirms in writing that the prospective volunteer has never been convicted of a disqualifying crime in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or another state, district or foreign nation, or under a former law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Please be aware that background/safety clearances may take four weeks or longer
to obtain. If you are interested in being a chaperone, please plan accordingly and
obtain your paperwork early.
NOTE: Clearances will need to be renewed every 60 months.
Please see your individual school's website to confirm the procedure for submitting volunteer clearances to the Building Principal.
Board Policy #908.2 on volunteering in the Pennsbury schools may be viewed here