Volunteering at school is a great way to show your child that you take an interest in his/her education. It sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause. Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for our school community while showing our students the importance of participating in a larger community. Not only will the school reap the benefits of your involvement — you will, too. By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you’ll gain a firsthand understanding of your child’s daily activities. You’ll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change (all without intruding on their privacy or personal space).
Throughout the school year there will be many opportunities to get involved. Here are just some of the ways a parent volunteer can help:
- Act as a classroom helper
- Volunteer in the library
- Volunteer in a school computer lab
- Help organize, cater, or work at fundraising activities
- Act as a lunchroom or playground monitor
- Help to chaperone field trips
- Help to plan and chaperone in-school events (such as the school dances).
- Help the home and school organization
The following guidelines are reflective of the 2015 changes to Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law and Archdiocesan Policies for the Protection of Children and Young People effective July 1, 2015.
Archdiocesan policy requires all Church personnel including priest, religious, deacon,
pastoral minister, employee, school employee, parish employee, contract employee, and volunteer must obtain clearances, as required by Pennsylvania law.
Archdiocesan compliance guidelines state that clearances should be submitted prior to the commencement of employment or volunteer service.
The following clearances must be obtained by volunteers:
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Clearance
- Pennsylvania State Police Clearance
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
- Safe Environment Training (Part I and Part II)
- Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement
- Disclosure Statement
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Guarino in the Main Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.