To maintain a safe and healthy environment, background clearances are mandatory for both staff and volunteers. Should you wish to volunteer in any of our DASD schools, please fill out the needed forms. Once you receive the various approvals, make a copy of your forms and give a set of copies to your school. Keep the originals as they are good for five years.
Thank you to our current and future Downingtown Area School District volunteers. Without your help and support, we would be unable to provide our students with a great education and enjoyable school environment!
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 are free.
- Volunteer clearances will are good for 5 years.
Child Abuse History Certification PA Criminal Background Certification
Additional DASD Volunteer Requirements
DASD School Volunteer Policy #916 requires proof of a recent Tuberculosis examination from your family physician.
DASD School Volunteer Policy #916 Who Volunteers? Annual DASD Volunteer Disclosure Form
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. Volunteer is responsible for the cost of the Federal Crimingal History Report by IdentoGo.
Federal Criminal History Report
Once Clearances are Completed
Please make one copy of each clearance for your records and send a copy to the school(s) you intend to volunteer. 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 required annual DASD Volunteer Disclosure Form found in the link below.
Annual DASD Volunteer Disclosure 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, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Volunteer FAQ's or contact the office at your individual school.