Thank you for taking the time to volunteer with the Southern Lehigh SD! Your contribution is sincerely appreciated by our staff, other parents, and Southern Lehigh SD community members. Per ACT 82 of 2012, volunteers must submit certain clearances for the general welfare of our students. Before you continue on this page, it is important that you clarify whether you qualify as a volunteer or a staff member.
A volunteer is (1) unpaid, (2) responsible for the direct supervision of children, and (3) engages in a district-sponsored activity. For instance, a community member who assists with costume design for the fall theater performance pro bono is considered a volunteer because s/he is (a) unpaid; (b) may be responsible for the direct supervision of children, especially when district staff are not present; and (3) is supporting this district-sponsored activity potentially over a sustained period. However, if the district compensates the community member for this activity, s/he would be considered a paid employee and should follow the instructions for paid employees by clicking on the Directions for Employees, Coaches, and Ancillary Workers link in the left-hand column. Those who are not (a) responsible for the direct supervision of children and/or (b) engaging in a district-sponsored activity do not need to submit clearances. For instance, a community member invited to participate in a student activity while one or more staff members are present does not need clearances to participate in this event. If you have any questions about your status, please email our office (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Pennsylvania Department of Education has also created a School Volunteers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) website, which you can access by clicking HERE.
Please note that if you intend to volunteer for an event or field trip, you submit your clearances at least one week prior to the event. Our office needs this period to review your clearances and confirm you eligibility with the school principal and/or field trip organizer(s). Lastly, we recognize your contribution adds value to our community, so we have simplified obtaining clearances at little or no cost. Please click on each clearance for directions on obtaining the said clearance.