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  • Performing Arts Volunteer & Staff Information

    Thank You for inquiring about volunteering for the Performing Arts department. Here is the information that you will need to know in order to volunteer for the Performing Arts Department starting  July 1st, 2016 as required by the State Of PA.

    All activities that involve working in the school at any time must have the state approved clearances renewed every three years. This would include-practice sessions, work calls, serving student meals, handing out equipment, Sno-ball dance, football games, performance trips, parades, overnight trips, chaperoning on a bus, indoor activities, or any activity within the school that is not a public performance or event.

    To sign up to volunteer for Marching Band activities (bus chaperone, van driver, helper), please fill out this form.

    The snack shack and community food stand do not require clearances.                      

    The following clearances are required every three years for all volunteers and employees.
    2. Residency Affidavit & Arrest/Conviction Report - This form is available from the school secretaries if you do not have access to a printer. ***See note below.
    3. Act 34 Clearance Police Record Check/Criminal History - Please print out the Certification Form (For Volunteers the  shadow of the Keystone symbol will be behind the information, and it will have the signature of the Director). The Record Check Details page and the Invoice are NOT acceptable documentation.  ** 
    4. Child Abuse History Certificate - If this is your first time using this system you will need to click on Create Individual Account, then set up a Keystone ID (which is just a user ID that you choose).  Make sure you click on volunteer when it asks for purpose of obtaining the clearance, then there is no charge.  
    Note: If you have not lived in PA during the past 10 years, you will also need an FBI Fingerprint Report. Click here if you need to complete this clearance.  Enter service code 1KG6Y3, if you are only using this for volunteer purposes (if you also need this for employment, please speak to your employer regarding the appropriate service code).  Any report that has been run since you have moved to the State is acceptable. ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE NOT LIVED IN PA IN THE PAST 10 YEARS NEED TO GET AN FBI REPORT - THIS IS NOT REQUIRED OF ALL VOLUNTEERS. THERE IS A $28 FEE FOR THIS SERVICE, PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU DON'T NEED IT.
    With the exception of the FBI Fingerprint report (must be run since moving to PA), if needed, all paperwork must be no more than five years old
    The State of Pennsylvania is waiving the fee for both the Police Record Check and Child Abuse Clearance for volunteers. Free clearances can be obtained once every 5 years. When completing your applications online, be sure to choose the Volunteer option if you want the free copy.  Note, these free clearances are for volunteering purposes only, they will not be accepted for employment requirements.

    All information about volunteering within the Bellefonte Area School District can be found at https://www.basd.net/Page/603. This includes links to the forms that can be filled out online.  

    Completed forms should be turned in to your child's school, or mailed/dropped off to
    BASD Volunteer Coordinator
    318 N. Allegheny St
    Bellefonte, PA 16823
    By - Associated Press - Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Volunteers who work with children in the state will no longer have to pay for the background checks required of them, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration announced Wednesday.

    The new policy also reduces from $10 to $8 the cost of child abuse clearances and criminal histories for non-volunteers, such as child care workers, foster parents and school employees.

    The policy does not, however, affect the cost of FBI background checks mandated for people who work with children if they haven’t lived in the state continuously for 10 years.

    The requirement for volunteers goes into effect July 1 under a 2014 law.

    The free and reduced cost of the state checks, performed by the Department of Human Services and the state police, go into effect July 25.

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/.../pa-cuts-background.../...
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