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.Our school volunteers enhance the students' experience in many ways:8 working as the extra set of hands and ears when teachers' responsibilities extend to so many students
8 helping to ensure that vital programs like music, sports, and the arts are available in schools
8 and by assisting with many school activities we've come to expect as part of the school environment
(concessions at sporting events, or field trips for young students, for instance.)
Why one would choose to volunteer is pretty evident.
The intrinsic reward of knowing what a difference you are making in the life/lives of young people is immeasurable!
How do you get to be a school volunteer? That's fairly simple.
The state of PA has established regulations that all entities involving children must follow.
The requirements, detailed below, provide for the safety of all children.What are the requirements for being a school volunteer?State law requires all volunteers to have specific clearances on file which are less than 60 months old.
In addition, there is a 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.If you have lived in PA for fewer than 10 years, you will be required to get the Federal Criminal History Check. This screening includes fingerprints and a small fee. All other clearances are free to volunteers.The school district requires each volunteer applicant to complete a Volunteer Registration Form - a single-sided sheet which 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.The links for everything are provided right here. The clearance applications are completed right online and are submitted to the state agencies immediately. The results are mailed 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!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?
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
- we will get back to you as soon as possible.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.