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    Making the decision to volunteer your time and talents to the students of the Spring Grove Area School District is a very honorable one. When students see adult volunteers in their schools, they see firsthand how members of their community value education and support their local school.
     
    How to Become a School Volunteer 
    The state of PA has established regulations that all entities involving children must follow. State law requires all volunteers to have specific clearances on file which are less than 60 months old and complete a Volunteer Verification Form. The clearances are free to volunteers. If you have lived in PA for les than 10 years, you will need to complete the FBI Criminal Background Check, which includes a small fee.Follow the steps below to begin the process to become a volunteer.
     
    1. Complete the state-mandated Volunteer Verification Form that asks for your signature, indicating that you understand what offenses the criminal history check and child abuse clearance is screening for and that you have established residence in Pennsylvania for a minimum of 10 years.
     
    2. Complete a  Volunteer Registration Formwhich provides us with emergency contact information and important data, such as known allergies, in case you should suddenly become ill while volunteering in one of our schools.
     
    3. Complete the following clearances:
     
    • FBI Criminal Background Check - Only if you have lived in PA for fewer than 10 years. This screening includes fingerprints and a small fee.  

      Preregistration should be completed online at https://uenroll.identogo.com/ (24 hours/day, 7 days/week) or by calling 1-844-321-2101 (Monday – Friday, 8 am – 6 pm) with the service code 1KG6XN. 

      Payment may be made online at the time of registration using a debit or credit card. Payment may also be made with a Money Order or Cashiers Check at the fingerprint location. Money Orders and Cashiers Checks must be made out to Morpho Trust. NO CASH, PERSONAL CHECKS and NO ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS for background checks will be accepted at the fingerprint sites.

      Once registered, you can have your fingerprints taken at any of the locations listed on their site.  When registering online, you can view locations on the IdentaGO website.

      You must provide proof of identity upon arrival at the Fingerprint Center such as a state issued driver’s license, state ID card, passport, etc. 

      Once your fingerprints are taken at the fingerprint location, you will be issued a receipt that will have your UEID (Universal Enrollment ID). This is the number you must provide to the Human Resources department in order for Human Resources to access your FBI clearance on-line.

      More detailed information may be found on the PDE website.

    • PA Child Abuse History Clearance  (Act 151)

      Completion will provide you online access to your clearance within 2 weeks and in some cases, immediately.  You will need to be prepared to supply information of all addresses you have lived and every person you have lived with since 1975. You will need to login with your individual login if you already have one or create an individual account.  The system will take you to a screen to create a Keystone ID for your new account.  You will receive an email with a temporary password to access your account and change your password.  Please be sure to remember this Keystone ID/password for future use. This site is also the site used for online ChildLine referrals and clearance renewals in three years.

    • Criminal History Background Check Clearance (Act 34)

    Completion online will give you immediate access to your clearance.  Make sure to click on the link provided when application is complete to access your record to receive the official report. 

     

    4. The results of the background checks are sent directly to you. They are NOT sent to the school. Once you have received ALL those results, bring those results AND your completed and signed Volunteer Registration Form, along with the Volunteer Verification Form, into the District office, 100 East College Avenue, in Spring Grove. We will scan those materials and return the originals to you. The originals are yours to keep and/or to use in applying for any other position that might require and accept such clearances.  

    5. Within a few days, you will receive a District Volunteer ID Badge in the mail, which will show your name and an expiration month and year, five (5) years out. You will get a reminder from the District's Volunteer Services Department prior to the expiration of that badge, so you can apply for your clearances again. That way, you never miss the opportunity to volunteer for something special.

     

    What if I don't have Internet access at home?
    We strongly urge you to complete the clearance applications online, rather than by mail. Results can be obtained within a few days when applying online; whereas mail applications can take up to 6 weeks to be processed and returned to you. 

    The public library system generally has computers you can use and very knowledgeable volunteers and staff to help you. You might stop by any branch of the York County Library System and inquire. 

    What if I need more information or still have questions? 
    Contact the District at 717-225-4731, ext 3010; OR Email us at VolunteerServices@sgasd.org 

     
     
    PLEASE NOTE:  For purposes of the state clearance requirements, a volunteer is an adult serving in an unpaid position in which they are individually responsible for the welfare of a child or have “regular direct contact with children” (care, supervision, guidance or control of children, or routine interaction with children). A one-time visitor in a classroom is NOT considered a volunteer for the purposes of this mandate; nor is an individual working in our schools as a volunteer with another program with whom we have contracted for specific services.   
     
Last Modified on December 11, 2017