Volunteer at SMM School
Family is vital. Safety is essential.
At SMM, we encourage family participation at our school and church. Volunteers enhance our community and are vital to many services and programs, including cafeteria support, recess monitors, homeroom, club or program support, coaches, and more.
To protect the safety of all children, it is the policy
of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that anyone
who serves as a volunteer within our school completes the clearance process as outlined below. Everyone, including both paid and volunteer staff, on a parish, school, or central administration level that has direct contact with minors is required to complete this process. While this process may seem cumbersome, it will protect our community's most precious resource—our children.
Adults Who Volunteer With Children
Any adult who volunteers in an activity in which children are present is required to have on file
at the school, the following (see links below):
1. PA State Criminal Background Check
2. PA Child Abuse History Clearance (5 yrs.)
3. PA Disclosure Statement (Once)
4. a. Mandated Reporter Training (Once)
b. Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement Form
5. Attend a Safe Environment Class entitled "Protecting God's Children" (Once)
6. In addition, the following additional clearance must be obtained by volunteers who have been living in PA for less than ten years:
Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Clearance
Visit Identigo to schedule an appointment for a background check and fingerprint clearance. Enter Code 1KG6Y3 for Pennsylvania Department of Education Volunteers.
No provisional status for Pennsylvania residents.
Volunteers who reside in another state or country may work on a provisional basis for no more than 30 days while the Pennsylvania State Police, the Department of Public Welfare, and the FBI are processing the background checks, so long as they provide clearances from their state or country of residence.
Occasionally, these requirements change in order to help ensure the safety of all our children. Please check with the office if you have any questions about the volunteer process or to ensure you are up-to-date on the current year's requirements.
For more information, please visit www.childyouthprotection.org.
For questions or to send completed documents (except for Safe Environment), please email Maureen, SMM's Safe Environment Coordinator, at: