School Volunteer Clearance
In January 2014, the West Chester Area School District's School Board adopted a new School Volunteer Policy (the full policy can be viewed by clicking here). The policy calls for background checks to be completed for specific levels of volunteerism, and is intended to strengthen the safeguards we have in place for anyone whose service puts them in contact with WCASD students. This volunteer policy applies to parents and all other members of the WCASD community who volunteer in our schools and/or serve as overnight chaperones. The policy requires criminal history and child abuse clearances that include reports from the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare, and an original federal criminal history report.
These checks will be required once every five years for volunteers who may have some unsupervised contact with students: