Volunteer Requirements

Volunteer Requirements

  • We Love our Volunteers!!!!

    Thank you to our current and future Downingtown Area School District volunteers. Without their help and support, we would be unable to provide our students with a great education and enjoyable school environment! To maintain a safe and healthy environment, background clearances are now mandatory for both staff and volunteers. Should you wish to volunteer in any of our DASD schools, please follow the instructions below. 
    By clicking on some of the links below, you will be leaving the DASD website.

    1.     Pennsylvania State requirements for volunteers

    School volunteer requirements are currently under review at the state level. However, early in July, the General Assembly passed House Bill 1276 which affects clearances for volunteers and employees. The major changes are as follows.

      • Two of the volunteer clearances will be now be "free"' 
      • Volunteer clearances will now be good for 5 years

    The two, free, state mandated certifications that DASD volunteers will need can be obtained by clicking on the links below.

    2.     Additional DASD requirements for volunteers found in DASD School Volunteer Policy #916: 

    • To determine who would be a volunteer, click here to consult our chart in DASD Policy #916.
    • DASD School Volunteer Policy #916 requires proof of a recent Tuberculosis examination from your family physician.
    • Annual completion of the Volunteer Disclosure Form (AG-916) in DASD Policy #916”
    • Click below for the DASD School Volunteer Policy #916 and the DASD Volunteer Disclosure Form (Annual).

    1.   DASD School Volunteer Policy #916


    3.    Residents who have lived in Pennsylvania for less than 10 years

    Those who have not lived in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the past ten years will also need to fill out a federal criminal history check in addition to the above documentation. Click below for the Federal Criminal History Report.

    Federal Criminal History Report(IdentoGo) - Volunteer is responsible for cost of this report ($21.35)

    Once you receive your clearances….

    Please make one copy of each clearance for your records and send a copy to the school (s) you intend to volunteer with. These certifications will be good for the next 60 months (except for the annual completion of the Volunteer Disclosure Form (AG-916) in DASD Policy #916) and will travel with you as your child moves from one school level to the next. 

    Already have your clearances?

    If a DASD school already has your clearances (and they are less than 60 months old) and proof of TB examination please fill out the annually required DASD Volunteer Disclosure Form found in the link below.

    1.    DASD Volunteer Disclosure Form    (Annual form)

    Again, we thank you for giving us your time and energy.  Please give all clearance forms to the school in which you wish to volunteer. Should you have any further questions, Click here for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Volunteer FAQ's or contact the office at your individual school. 

    Volunteer Forms Check List:

    1. Child Abuse History Certification
    2. PA Criminal Background Certification
    3. DASD School Volunteer Policy #916  (Please read.)
    4. DASD School Volunteer Chart found in Policy #916 (Please read.)
    5. DASD Volunteer Disclosure Form  (Annual)
    6. Proof of recent Tuberculosis exam as noted in DASD School Volunteer Policy #916.
    7. Federal Criminal History (If needed.)