The purpose of the organization is to support and enhance S.S. Palmer
Elementary School and
Parkside Education Center by:
~ Promoting open communication between the administrators, teachers and parents.
~ Encouraging student, parent and administrator/teacher participation at school functions.
~ Providing an atmosphere for parental support (e.g. sharing ideas, experiences, problems & solutions).
~ Organizing and/or contributing funds and services to special projects and extra- curricular activities.
School District Policy
on School Volunteers ~ Palmerton School District adopted a new Policy
for volunteers. Anyone who wishes to chaperone field trips or will have
repeated contact with the students (8-10 hrs/week), and is reasonably
expected to work with students without the direct supervision of a district
employee, is required to have a PA Criminal Background check and a PA Child
Abuse Clearance. Click on the above link for the
policy in it's entirety.
Act 34 – State Police Criminal Record Check Online - or Print Form SP4-164
As of July 2015, the $8 fee is waived for unpaid volunteers. Visit the Dept. of Education or PA State Police for more information.
Act 151 – Child Abuse Clearance: Free for volunteers. Can be done online. Visit PA State site- Keep Kids Safe for more info and to apply. You need to create a Keystone ID to complete online. Or Download and print a mail-in form.
Act 114 – FBI Fingerprint Background Check -$27.50 fee. Required if you are not a lifetime resident of Pennsylvania (if you changed residency with the government/taxes etc.-does not apply if you simply went to college out of state but remained a PA resident) There are fingerprint locations on Lehigh St. in Allentown and in Hazelton at the UPS stores.
Volunteer Disclosure ~ In accordance with Policy 916, all volunteers must have a signed disclosure on file in the building where services are provided. If you are going into both Parkside and S.S. Palmer you must have one for each building.
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