VOLUNTEERING AT BELLEFONTE ELEMENTARY
According to the district's volunteer policy,
Any volunteer who plans on working in the buildings during the school day, or volunteering at an after-hours school-sponsored (not PTO/Booster club sponsored) event will need to become a Registered Volunteer. This includes (but is not limited to): Field Trip chaperones, school dance chaperones, classroom/building helpers, volunteering at classroom parties, PTO/PTA/Parent Group events in the buildings during school hours, and helping at MS/HS Fine Arts Department activities that are not open to the public.
The following are considered Visitors, not Volunteers, and do NOT need to turn in clearances: Guest speakers/presenters; those in the building solely to distribute fundraisers to parents; those coming in to help only their own child with a project or presentation; attendees at a teacher/school-invited event - such as Promotion Ceremonies, art shows, concerts, Halloween parade, Grandparent's Day/Veteran's Day/etc. activities. In addition, volunteers at PTO/PTA/Booster Club events and meetings that take place outside of the regular school day do not need to turn in clearance (ie. Carnivals, Sports Banquets, PTO-sponsored dances/movie nights/shows, etc.).
Registered Volunteers are approved by the Bellefonte School Board after submitting the following:
1) Volunteer Form,
2) Statement of Confidentiality,
3) Residency Affidavit & Arrest/Conviction Report,
4) PA Child Abuse History Certification,
5) PA Criminal History clearance,
6) Results of a TB test
If you have lived in PA less than 10 years, you will also need to submit an FBI clearance.
Effective July 1, 2015: Per PA State Act 153, all registered volunteers will need to update their clearances every 5 years. If your current clearances are more than 5 years old at any point of the 2016-2017 school year (so dated prior to June 15, 2011), you will need to update your Police Record check and your Child Abuse clearance before you can be reapproved for next year. In addition, if you have lived in Pennsylvania less than 10 years, you are required to submit an FBI clearance as well. If you already have a TB test on file with the District, it will NOT need to be updated.
For more information on the Volunteer Program, documentation and the District Handbook, please check our Volunteer Program Link