Welcome to Spring-Ford Area School District Volunteering! We appreciate your interest in volunteering for Spring-Ford Area School District Volunteer Program.
Please review the District’s policy regarding School Volunteers prior to continuing on with this application.
If you are a new volunteer to Spring-Ford Area School District, please have all of your clearances ready to upload prior to beginning the application process.
If you are a returning volunteer to Spring-Ford Area School District with current clearances, please continue with the application.
It is very important that the information you enter on the application matches your government issued identification card including your full legal name. It is important that you provide a valid email address so you can be notified as to the status of your application and for future communication. All information collected on the application will remain confidential and not be shared outside the volunteer program.
NOTE: If you are renewing your Raptor application, you must do so as a NEW VOLUNTEER and upload NEW CLEARANCE DOCUMENTS. Do NOT check "clearances already on file."
If you have any questions about the application, please email email@example.com. Thank you,
Renee Strausberg, Human Resources
The following documents are required by the state to authorize clearance within Spring-Ford Area School District.
Substantial Contact Volunteer: A volunteer who has NOT lived in PA for the last 10 years OR a volunteer who will or is reasonably likely to have direct contact with a student while performing his/her volunteer service without direct supervision by a school district employee. Direct contact may include but is not limited to: coaching and/or assisting with an athletic team or musical performing group, advising an extracurricular activity, chaperoning an overnight field trip or competition, and/or providing supplemental assistance to a student without direct supervision by a school district employee. Substantial contacts must submit: (1) Act 34 PA Criminal Clearance, (2) Act 151 PA Child Abuse Clearance, (3) PA Act 114 FBI Fingerprint Clearance.
Limited Contact Volunteer: A volunteer who may perform a role with little to no contact with students, indirect contact with students, direct contact with students up to roles with or in close proximity to a school district employee while performing his/her volunteer service and there is NO time when the volunteer is alone with a student or in a scheduled, isolated or remote area with a student without a school district employee being present. Volunteer events may include but are not limited to: single day field trip, working events with home & school association or other parent organizations, working in the concession stand, serving as a daily classroom assistant, and/or assisting with a classroom or building special event. Limited contacts must submit: (1) Act 34 PA Criminal Clearance, (2) Act 151 PA Child Abuse Clearance, (3) PA Act 114 FBI Fingerprint Clearance OR Volunteer Affidavit.
The Spring-Ford Area School District Board values the unique contributions made by parents, guardians and community volunteers to the educational and extracurricular programs of the school district. Accordingly, the Board encourages the use of parent/guardian and community volunteers, subject to certain requirements and procedures as set forth below.
Definition of a Volunteer
A volunteer is defined as any individual who performs a service for the school district without compensation, remuneration or other consideration and who otherwise meets the requirements of this policy. A volunteer must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. A volunteer need not be a parent/guardian of a student enrolled in the school district. A volunteer, for purposes of this policy, shall include but is not limited to the following opportunities:
Child Protective Services Law – On December 31, 2014, changes to the Pennsylvania State Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) became effective. Clearance documents for all volunteers are valid with the district for a maximum of five (5) years and must be updated and resubmitted in order to continue as a volunteer. Prior to participating in any volunteer opportunity, each volunteer shall be required to complete and submit:
The new volunteer clearance requirements went into effect July 1, 2015.
I. I affirm under the penalty of perjury that I have not committed, pled guilty to and/or been convicted of, nor am I presently charged with, any of the following offenses:
A reportable offense enumerated under 24 P.S. §1-111(e) consists of any of the following:
(1) An offense under one or more of the following provisions of Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes:
(2) An offense designated as a felony under the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 233, No. 64) known as “The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.”
(3) An offense SIMILAR IN NATURE to those crimes listed in clauses (1) and (2) under the laws or former laws of the United States or one of its territories or possessions, another state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or a foreign nation, or under a former law of this Commonwealth.
II. I affirm that I have not committed, pled guilty to and/or been convicted of, nor served a sentence for, any offense graded as a felony offense of the first, second or third degree, within the past ten (10) years.
III. I affirm that I have not committed, have not pled guilty to and/or been convicted of, nor served a sentence for, any offense graded as a misdemeanor of the first degree, within the past five (5) years.
IV. I affirm that I have not on more than one occasion pled guilty to and/or been convicted of any offense under 75 Pa.C.S. Section 3802(a), (b), (c) and/or (d) (relating to driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance) that was graded as a misdemeanor of the first degree, or, if I have so pled guilty and/or been convicted of such offense(s) on more than one occasion, that I have not pled guilty to and/or been convicted of, nor served a sentence for any of those convictions within the past three (3) years.
V. I affirm that I have not been named as a perpetrator of a founded report of bodily injury, sexual abuse, or sexual exploitation of a child.
VI. I affirm that I have been provided with a copy of, and have read and understand, and agree to comply with the District's Policy regarding School Volunteers from the first step of this application.
VII. I agree to provide written notice within seventy-two (72) hours after a subsequent arrest or conviction for an offense enumerated above under 24 P.S. §§1-111(e) or (f.1).
Your volunteer application has been successfully submitted and will be reviewed per the district’s volunteer policy. Within 14 days, you will be notified as to your volunteer status. If you have any questions regarding your application or clearances, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions regarding specific volunteering events, please contact your student's school office.