CVSD Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Chartiers Valley School District! We appreciate the help and support we receive from our volunteers. 

 

Chartiers Valley School District Policy, consistent with Act 153, defines a volunteer as follows.

 

Volunteer - an individual in an unpaid position with a program, activity or service who is individually responsible for the welfare of one or more children or has direct contact with children.

 

At Chartiers Valley, we require that all volunteers review our Volunteer Handbook and watch our Volunteer Training Video before their first volunteer assignment.

Click to read the handbook>>

Click to watch the video>>

 

In addition to reviewing the handbook and watching the video, some volunteers may need to obtain their clearance certifications in order to stay compliant with Act 15 of 2015. 

 

The school district’s administrative interpretation of Act 15 of 2015 is that a guest who is visiting a classroom under the direct supervision of a Chartiers Valley employee does not need to have clearance certifications. However, guests must be escorted in our schools and classrooms at all times.

 

On the other hand, volunteers who are directly responsible for the welfare of one or more children need clearance certifications. Effective July 25, 2015, the cost of each of the clearance certifications is listed below:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Clearance for volunteers (free)
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance for volunteers (free)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report – PDE ($27)
  • Mandated Reporter Training (free)

 

The length of time it takes to receive your clearance certifications is contingent upon the method you use to apply for them. Applying online will typically result in a faster turnaround time. It is also important to note that all potential volunteers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be applying for clearances as well. We encourage prospective volunteers to begin applying for their clearances as soon as possible.

 

Act 153 stipulates that clearance certifications are good for 60 months (5 years) from the effective date. You can submit your current clearances as long as they are less than three years old.

 

According to Act 15 of 2015, as of July 1, 2015, the following clearances are required for school volunteers. Please click on the links below to go directly to the appropriate website.

 

If the individual has been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Clearance

*If completing online, the Record Check Status Detail is NOT the actual clearance. Applicants must click on the words “Certification Form” on the middle of the screen in order to view and print the actual clearance certificate. The actual Criminal Record Check clearance should have the seal as a watermark on this form.

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Signed Volunteer Disclosure Statement

 

If the individual has NOT been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Clearance

*If completing online, the Record Check Status Detail is NOT the actual clearance. Applicants must click on the words “Certification Form” on the middle of the screen in order to view and print the actual clearance certificate. The actual Criminal Record Check clearance should have the seal as a watermark on this form.

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report-PDE
    • Click here to register online. After you register online, you will need to visit a Cogent fingerprint facility. The Cogent website includes a map noting where these facilities are located throughout Pennsylvania.

 

Mandated Reporter Training

During the summer of 2015, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also provided clarification on the Child Protective Services Laws.  Pennsylvania Act 126 states those volunteers who need the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance, the PA State Police Criminal Record Check and the FBI Criminal Background Check, will ALSO be required to have Mandated Reporter Training.

 

The Act defines a Mandated Reporter as a person who is required by law to report suspected child abuse.  

 

Mandated Reporter Training is a three (3) hour training that can be obtained online. Volunteers may take the online training through the University of Pittsburgh or the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance.

 

  • Click here to take the University of Pittsburgh's Mandated Reporter Training. 
  • Click here to take the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance's Mandated Reporter Training. 

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2030 Swallow Hill Road
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Phone:412-429-2201