As of June 2014, in order to comply with PA Act 153, all volunteers within the Souderton Area School District are required to have criminal background and child abuse clearances. The requirements are described on the District’s “Volunteer” page, which is listed on the “Community” menu. The District also requires most volunteers to have a PPD (tuberculosis) skin test.
About volunteer clearances
About the PPD (tuberculosis) skin test
Additional requirements for overnight field trip chaperones: UPDATED for 2015-16: There are no longer additional requirements for overnight trip chaperones. Follow the requirements for Program Volunteers.
The information on this page and in the 2015-16 BRMB Volunteer Clearances Guide has been developed in conjunction with the SASD Human Resources Department and the SAHS nursing staff. You can also visit the SASD Volunteers page.
Visit the SASD Volunteers page to read the official description of the District’s volunteer requirements, to read about the clearances you need to obtain, and to find links to the forms you need to complete.
Volunteer clearance requirements, in a nutshell:
- The District categorizes volunteer activities as either Casual or Program.
- Every volunteer—Casual or Program—must turn in the 2015-16 SASD Community Volunteer Registration and Disclosure Statement.
- As of the 2015-16 school year, all Program Volunteers do need to turn in the Act 151 Child Abuse clearance and the Act 34 Criminal History Report. Both of these clearances are now free for volunteers and can both be completed online.
- All Program Volunteers need to have a PPD test on file with the District.
- Some Program Volunteers also need to submit a Federal Criminal History Record; this clearance requires fingerprinting and has a cost of $27.
About the PPD (tuberculosis) skin test
If you have any questions about the PPD test or if you would like to confirm that your results are on file with the district and are current and valid, contact Bonnie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who needs to have a PPD (tuberculosis) skin test?
All SASD Program Volunteers—and nearly all BRBB Volunteers are Program Volunteers. Visit the District Volunteers page for information on who is a program volunteer.
When do I need to have the PPD test administered?
You must have this test administered before you begin volunteering. There is no grace period.
Where can I have the PPD test administered? How do I schedule the test? When are the free tests offered?
- Your personal physician.
- Any other qualified test provider.
- At any SASD elementary school.
- Contact any elementary school nurse to arrange for a free PPD skin test.
- Testing dates for the 2016-2017 school year: October 17th, 18th, and 19th (2016); March 6th, 7th, and 8th (2017).
How do I contact an elementary school nurse?
- Call the school nearest to your home and ask for the school nurse. Telephone numbers are listed on the SASD website for each school.
- Send an e-mail. E-mail addresses are listed in Directory on the SASD website.
How—and to whom—do I submit the results of the test?
- If you have the test administered at an SASD school, the nurse will submit the results. PPD results are maintained in a central list by the district. You do not need to do anything else.
- If you have the test administered anywhere else (for example, by your personal physician or at your workplace), submit a copy of the results to a school nurse.
How often do I need to have this test administered?
As of the 2015-16 school year: One time only. This is now a “once and done” test. (In previous years, certain conditions required you to repeat the test. That is no longer required.)
Additional requirements for overnight field trip chaperones
As of the 2015-16 school year: Chaperones on overnight field trips are Program Volunteers. There are no additional requirements. Instead, follow the requirements for Program Volunteers.
If you are a chaperone on an overnight field trip, you must have all forms, test results, and clearances renewed and on file. The renewal requirements for overnight field trip chaperones differ from the requirements for other volunteers.