By KIM BRENNER-ZIRKLE
Marketing/public relations director,
Northeastern School District
As part of Northeastern School District’s ongoing efforts to ensure student safety, a new volunteer policy is now in effect. The district’s Safe Schools Committee is following a recommendation from the PA State Auditor General’s Office, which requires all volunteers to undergo both a Child Welfare and a PA Criminal Background Check. Those who volunteer more than 10 hours per week and are in direct contact with students must also undergo a tuberculosis test.
The volunteer application is posted on the district’s website (www.nesd.k12.pa.us) and is available in each school office. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. All volunteers must complete the new application. Clearances do not have to be renewed unless there is a break of service of a year or more.
Reviewing clearances allows the district to ensure the adults working with students do not have criminal backgrounds. The Northeastern School District wishes to take the necessary steps to maintain a safe school environment for its students.
Examples of volunteers requiring clearances include: classroom helpers, tutors, field trip volunteers, chaperones, book fair volunteers, Kid Writing volunteers, volunteer coaches, marching band volunteers, and cafeteria/playground volunteers.
Examples of volunteers NOT requiring clearances include: Junior Achievement volunteers, guest speakers, fundraising distributors, dance chaperones, and special presenters.