New Clearance Policy for Volunteers
Starting July 1, 2015, all volunteers are required to submit the following background checks and related documents and information to their school. ALL CLEARANCES ARE TO BE DATED NO MORE THAN ONE YEAR PRIOR TO THE APPLICATION DATE:
1. Volunteer Application
2. PA State Criminal History Report – dated no more than one year prior to application date
3. PA Department of Human Services Child Abuse Report –dated no more than one year prior to application date 4. Federal Criminal History Report – dated no more than one year prior to application date 5. PDE-6004 Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form
Volunteers that have current PA State Criminal History Report and PA Department of Human Services Child Abuse Report on file with the district have until December 31, 2015 to have updated clearances submitted to the district. These volunteers are still permitted to volunteer under the current clearances on file with the district.
Volunteers who are new as of August 25, 2015, must obtain the applicable certifications prior to serving in a volunteer capacity.
The Governor has waived the cost of the PA State Criminal History Report and PA Department of Human Services Child Abuse Report for volunteers. The cost associated with the Federal Criminal History Report is the responsibility of the volunteer.
Volunteers must provide a renewal of background check reports, as set forth above, within sixty (60) months from the date of the most recent background report of the same type.
Every volunteer should familiarize him/herself with District Policy No. 806 (Child/Student Abuse). A volunteer is required to report pursuant to Policy No. 806 if the volunteer has reasonable cause to suspect a child is a victim of child abuse.
All district forms and links to online clearance reports are available below:
SMILES Volunteer Program
The Oley Valley School District invites senior citizens to participate in the SMILES (Senior Motivators In Learning and Education Services) Program. The primary purpose of the program is to enable senior citizens to contribute their time and effort to worthy projects in the district, depending upon interest and skill. Senior citizens may choose to support the school in a variety of ways including, but not limited to:
Helping with Service Projects
Clerical Assistance in Building Offices or Libraries
Assisting the Maintenance Staff
Any person who is a resident of the Oley Valley School District, is 62 years of age and is liable for the payment of school property taxes is eligible for this program. Volunteers, who complete up to 100 hours of service, qualify for a maximum rebate in school property taxes of up to $500. Special arrangements are available for residents who would like to participate, but are unable due to a serious medical condition.
Persons who meet the above criteria must complete a Senior Volunteer Application, an Act 34 PA State Police Request for Criminal Record Check, a PA Child Abuse History Clearance, an FBI Clearance, and an Arrest and Conviction Report and Certification Form. As a volunteer, there is no cost to obtain the PA State Police Request for Criminal Record Check or the PA Child Abuse History Clearance. However, there is a fee associated with the FBI Clearance. The school district must have these forms prior to a SMILES participant beginning their volunteer time.
For more information on the SMILES Volunteer Program, please contact Maria Jones at 610-987-4100, Ext. 1210.