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Volunteer Clearance Information

Please be aware that parents/guardians who volunteer in 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 to ensure the safety of the children. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and compliance with this policy.

How to Obtain Background Clearances:
1. Act 34 Criminal Background Check: You may obtain this online at https://epatch.state.pa.us
The fee for volunteers who work with children is waived.
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.
3. Prospective volunteers WHO HAVE NOT resided in Pennsylvania for 10 consecutive years, must also obtain an FBI Clearance/Fingerprinting. The cost of the fingerprint service is $27.00. You must register prior to going to the fingerprinting location. You can schedule an appointment at https://uenroll.identogo.com
Service Code- 1KG6Y3
***All prospective volunteers are required to obtain the Act 34 Criminal Background Check, and Act 151 Child Abuse History Clearance. Prospective volunteers are exempt from the FBI Clearance/Fingerprinting IF, AND ONLY IF, the following 3 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
-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.

Once you have obtained your clearances, volunteers must meet with the building principal to review the ORIGINAL copies of the above mentioned documents. No copies will be accepted. Copies of the documents will be made by the principal and will be kept on file. You may call the main office at (215) 428-4237 to schedule a mutually convenient time to review the clearances with the principal.
NOTE: Clearances will need to be renewed every 60 months.
Board Policy #908.2R2 on volunteering in the Pennsbury schools may be viewed here.
Pennwood Middle School
1523 Makefield Road
Yardley, PA 19067-3199
Telephone: 215-428-4237
Mission Statement
Recognizing our proud traditions and diverse community,
the Pennsbury School District prepares all students to become creative,
ethical, and critical thinkers for lifelong success in a global society.
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