Attention ALL Volunteers!
All Volunteers including homeroom parents, lunch helpers, chaperones, drivers, coaches, scout leaders etc. at Sacred Heart School MUST complete the required clearances and send the certificates to the school office prior to volunteering at SHS.
All clearances are FREE to volunteers. If you were required to receive ANY OR ALL of these clearances for your occupation or volunteering elsewhere, please forward copies of your certificates to the school office.
Mandated Reporter Training
Anyone who volunteers with children must complete this training. A certificate will be made available to you at the end of training. Please print the certificate and send to the school office. https://www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu
The Diocese of Allentown has approved certain Mandated Reporter training programs other than the one listed above. Check HERE for the approved list. Be sure to send your original certificate to the school office for our files.
Fingerprint Authorization Form
All volunteers who come into contact with children must be fingerprinted. Please complete the form below and bring to the school office. We will submit the form for you to the Allentown Diocese. The Diocese will then register you to obtain fingerprints as the Diocese is paying the fee. We will then contact you with a "registration number". You must take that registration number and photo ID to an authorized fingerprint facility. Mail N Ship 4U next to Isaac's Deli, Wyomissing is the closest authorized fingerprint facility.
** if you'd prefer to complete the fingerprint process on your own, go to https://www.pa.cogentid.com ~ click Department of Education box ~ click Register online and follow instructions. Send your original certificate to the school office.
(**note: the fee is $27 to apply and receive a registration # ~ fingerprint fee is $10)
PA Child Abuse & PA Criminal History Check (PATCH)
These 2 clearances are FREE for volunteers.
PA CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE - click Individual Login and follow instructions
PA STATE POLICE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK - New Record Check (Volunteers Only)
Complete these online forms and submit them to the state. The state will return certificates to you via email. Bring these forms to the school office for our files.
Allentown Diocese Policy
All volunteers within the Allentown Diocese must sign the Sexual Abuse Policy & Code of Conduct Policy Acknowledgement forms for our files.
Allentown Diocese Sexual Abuse Policy Acknowledgement form - SEXABUSEPOLICYSIGNOFF.pdf
Allentown Diocese Code of Conduct Policy Acknowledgement form - code of conduct signature page.pdf
Protecting God's Children Workshop
All volunteers must attend a Protecting God's Children workshop and submit proof of attendance to the office. This includes scout leaders, CYO coaches, homeroom parents, drivers for field trips etc. Workshops are 3 hours and free of charge. Dates, times and locations of upcoming workshops can be found HERE
PGC is "once and done" - if you've taken the course and we have your certificate, you do not need to repeat it.
Allentown Diocese requires volunteers who drive students in their vehicle to complete an online video - click here to access driver video