Act 15 defines direct volunteer contact as the care, supervision, guidance or control of children and routine interaction with children. Routine interaction is defined as regular and repeated contact that is integral to a person’s employment or volunteer responsibilities.

Volunteers must have clearances in order to be approved to offer their services in the schools. Individuals may obtain these clearances by applying online at the following websites:

Applicants who have not resided in Pennsylvania for the last 10 consecutive years must also complete the following clearance:

Please note, volunteers who need this clearance must request it through the Department of Education and not through the Department of Health and Human Services.

Once obtained, the clearances must be submitted via this form at least two weeks prior to your first volunteer experience.