Volunteer Information

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Volunteer Clearance Policy & Procedures

The West Shore School District welcomes and encourages volunteers in its schools, classrooms and as part of extracurricular activities. For the safety of District students and staff members, any adult wishing to volunteer is required to complete the Volunteer Application Process before being approved to do so.  

The West Shore School District has revised this process to meet the requirements of the Child Protective Services Act of 2014. This Act requires that any returning volunteer or prospective volunteer:

  • Provide the District with an original Act 34 PA Criminal History Record Check (PA State Police) and an Act 151 PA Child Abuse History Certification (Pennsylvania Department of Education version obtained at the prospective volunteer’s expense that is dated on or after July 1, 2015).  Prospective volunteers who have not lived in Pennsylvania continuously for the past ten (10) years at the time of application must also provide an Act 114 FBI Criminal History Clearance (fingerprint) obtained at the prospective volunteer’s expense until such time as the volunteer lives continuously in Pennsylvania for ten (10) years.  Those prospective volunteers who have lived in Pennsylvania continuously for the past ten (10) years at the time of request must sign a disclaimer (waiver) affirming that there are no charges in other states that would prohibit selection as a volunteer. Clearances must be renewed every sixty (60) months. The District reserves the right to require additional information as part of the volunteer application process.

    Act 34 PA Criminal History Record Check
    Details on how to obtain online or via a PDF file download available here
    Print a copy of the Act 34 certification approval page and submit to building principal

    Act 151 PA Child Abuse History Clearance
    Obtain online thru the Child Welfare Portal
    Print a copy of the clearance certificate and submit to building principal
    You may also download and print a PDF file (available here) and mail with a $10 money order 

    Act 114 FBI Criminal History (Fingerprint)
    Candidates can register to have their fingerprints taken at the new IDEMIA/Identogo locations. The process requires preregistration at https://uenroll.identogo.com/ and a service code for Pennsylvania public schools: 1KG6XN. When you enroll, you are given the opportunity to schedule an appointment at a local fingerprinting site.
     
  • Provide the building principal with evidence of a tuberculosis (TB) test that is less than ninety (90) days old at the time of submission. This test may be administered by appointment, from any of the District’s Certified School Nurses, at a cost $10.

  • Annually, submit a Volunteer Vital Statistic Information Form, which can be found in the Guidelines for Volunteers available below.
  • Act 153 of 2014 and Act 15 of 2015 requires that a community/business member or organization that provides paid or un-paid opportunities for students for employment, internships, senior project or job-shadowing experiences must identify an employee that will be considered the student’s supervisor, responsible for the student’s welfare.  This person must, at their own expense obtain the clearances outlined in the Guidelines for Community Organizations/Businesses. 

Other requirements are outlined in the Guidelines for Volunteers which can be downloaded below.

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