The continued safety of our students is a top priority and in compliance with recent legislative changes (Act 44, 45 and 153 of 2014) DTSD has updated our school board policies. These changes have a direct impact on our valued volunteers. Pennsylvania law now includes more stringent requirements for checking the background of those in contact with students; these provisions apply to employees and volunteers. Effective July 1, 2015. Derry Township School District volunteers must provide updated certifications every 60 months (5 years).
In addition, state law now includes volunteers as among those who are deemed “mandated reporters” of child abuse and neglect. Volunteers at DTSD are required to undergo Mandated Reporter training approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and provide proof of successful completion of that training every 60 months (5 years).
Finally, volunteers are required to have a Tuberculosis (TB) test and provide a copy of the official results to the school district before working with students. A new TB screening needs to be completed if a volunteer does not renew their certifications within 12 months of expiration.
In summary: serving as a school volunteer now requires you to give more than just your time helping in class and more than ever we appreciate those who are willing to volunteer. Thank you for your interest and involvement and we look forward to working with you as we collectively strive to reach our goal of Every Child, Every Day.