Message from the Superintendent

Several years ago the State of Pennsylvania passed a number of laws aimed at ensuring our children were safe when under the care, supervision, guidance and control of adults.  Included in the Child Protective Services Law are the regulations for background checks for volunteers in our schools. At York Suburban School District, we take our responsibility very seriously for checking criminal and child abuse history for all volunteers. Since 2015 when the provisions were amended we have experienced some confusion between when a person is a volunteer and just a visitor. Visitors to our schools do not need clearances.

My experience points me toward taking the safe path to verifying all volunteers working with our school children to meet the child welfare safety requirements of the law.  Now, since most clearances for volunteers are FREE, the steps are easy to ensure our children are under the care of responsible adults when you send them to a school function here at York Suburban.  The two PA background checks are free and the FBI clearance is only required if you have not lived in Pennsylvania continuously for the past 10 years.The TB test is only required if you will be volunteering more than 10 hours per week. The TB test may not be dated more than 5 years prior to the application date. A link to instructions to apply to be a volunteer is included at the end of this article.

The approval of a YSSD volunteer is a long-term approval until you move from the district or have a clearance violation.  For parents and guardians of our elementary children, getting these clearances now means you could be covered for years!  The application process is quick, but we encourage you to plan ahead.  Please don’t wait until the week before you want to volunteer to seek approval.

In advance, thank you for volunteering in our schools!  We always need adults to help!  Our building administrators can answer other volunteer procedural questions or feel free to email or call my office. (lredding@yssd.org; 717-885-1210)

Dr. Larry R. Redding

Acting Superintendent

Link to Volunteer Instructions