Southern York County School District is proud of the high level of volunteer involvement in our schools. Our parents, guardians, retirees, interested citizens, and community organizations donate their time and talents to our schools in many ways. Volunteers in our schools augment the education and support services available to students through the use of their diverse talents and skills.
Volunteers who have direct contact with a student or students (meaning that they have care supervision, guidance or control and routine interaction with students) are required to obtain criminal background clearance checks. For example, this volunteer contact time could include, but is not limited to: coaching, chaperoning a field trip or competition, and/or providing supplemental assistance to a student without direct supervision by a School District employee. Under Act 15 of 2015, the clearances are required to be obtained and renewed on a five-year cycle. All new volunteers submitting clearance packets, must submit all clearances that are less than a year old.
Visitors who are at no time alone with a student without a School District employee present are not required to obtain criminal background clearance checks.
In addition, volunteers who provide a service to the School District for an aggregate period of time exceeding 10 hours per week throughout the school year must undergo a tuberculosis examination administered either by your family physician or a school nurse in accordance with the regulations of the PA Department of Health. While the school nurse is available to perform the TB exam, we prefer that you obtain the test from your family physician because the priority of our school nurses remains our students.
Effective July 25, 2015, the PA Child Abuse Clearance and the PA Criminal History Record Check will be free to volunteers once every 5 years, you must mark that you are volunteering.
As always, we are committed to keeping our students safe.
The School District’s volunteer program is coordinated by our building principals. Please contact your building principal if you have any questions regarding our volunteer program or need additional information.
Please open the Volunteer Packet below for an explanation of the forms that need to be completed prior to volunteering as well as the actual forms needed for each clearance if you choose to mail them in. All other links and forms are also located below. It is recommended to use the links to complete your clearances as you will receive a quicker response than from mailing them in.
This packet gives you a brief explanation for each clearance as well as the forms if you choose to mail them and the application which must be submitted with your clearances to the District. Shown below are the online links for each clearance if you choose to do them online.
Please download this form, complete and return with your Volunteer Application packet.