Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need these clearances?
Find out more about PA Act 15 at keepkidssafe.pa.gov
Will I be notified when I am cleared to volunteer?
As long as you send in all the documents and clearances you are required to you will be cleared to volunteer within 5-7 days. We will notify individuals when they are cleared to volunteer as long as they have provided an email address on their Volunteer Policy and Procedure Form.
Where do I send my completed documents and clearances?
Return all documents to the Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Supervisor before you begin volunteering. Do not bring these documents to the SCASD employee you will be volunteering with.
Documents and clearances may be mailed to:
240 Villacrest Dr.
State College, PA 16801
Items sent interoffice may be sent to VIPS Supervisor Community Education, PV. Any questions may be directed towards the VIPS Supervisor who is best reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 814-231-1062 (Supervisor is in the office on Wednesdays and Thursdays).
Will the school district pay for my clearances?
No. However, the PA Child Abuse History Clearance and the PA State Police Criminal Record Check are now free for volunteers. The FBI fingerprinting is only necessary if you have not lived in the state of PA for the past 10 years or have been convicted of a crime. You may not end up needing to pay anything!
Can I email digital copies of my documents?
No. We require hard copies mailed to us at the address above.
I completed clearances last year for another organization, can I use those?
Yes. You can submit clearances that are 5 years old or less. Once submitted to us they are good for five years.
I work for the school district but would like to volunteer in my child's classroom. What do I need to do in order to volunteer?
Nothing. If you are employed by the district all of your background clearances and documents are on file with HR. Please present your SCASD ID badge to the office.
I volunteered last year, do I need clearances?
You do not need new clearances but will need to submit a new Volunteer Policy and Procedure Form.
I applied for a job with SCASD or used to work for SCASD, do you have my clearances on file?
No. Unless you are currently employed you will need to submit clearances that are less than 5 years old.