New! Watch the video to the left for a quick understanding of who needs clearances in the Great Valley School District. 
Act 153 is a state law that mandates clearances for school volunteers, including parents. In response to Act 153, GVSD Policy #916 addresses required clearances for volunteers.
Per Policy #916,  Tier I school volunteers are required to provide clearances to the school district. Tier II volunteers are not required to have clearances. See below for more information about the Tier levels.
Tier I volunteers are those volunteers who will be individually responsible for the welfare of a child or children, or who will have direct contact with a child or children. This means they will be involved directly with the care, supervision, guidance, or control of children, or will have routine interaction with children. Tier I volunteers are required to have the following clearances every 60 months:
  • FBI fingerprint registration ID must start with PAE.  We cannot accept clearances processed by any other PA system other than the PA Department of Education's Cogent Applicant Fingerprinting service


*Volunteers who have lived in the state of Pennsylvania for the last 10 years or more may submit a NOTARIZED AFFIDAVIT to that effect in place of the FBI Criminal History Report (fingerprinting).

For information about how to obtain clearances, please click here.  


Policy #916  - School Volunteers, Tier I Volunteers states:

Tier I Volunteers appointed before August 25, 2015, who do not have certifications already, must obtain them no later then July 1, 2016. Current Tier I Volunteers with a current certification issued before August 25, 2015 must obtain the required certifications within sixty (60) months of their most recent certification, or if a current certification is older than sixty (60) months on August 25, 2015, no later than August 25, 2016. Tier I Volunteers appointed on or after August 25, 2015 must obtain certifications by July 1, 2016.


Any Tier I volunteer who already has all clearances will be required to renew them every five years. If all clearances were not received at the same time, renewal date will be based on the date of the earliest obtained clearance.

Policy 916 also defines the Tier II volunteer who does not need clearances. Tier II volunteers are those volunteers who will not be providing care, supervision, guidance, or control of children, or who will not have routine interaction with children. Examples of the Tier II volunteer include guest readers, classroom party helpers, attendees at performances, etc. 

A MATRIX is available  and includes a variety of typical volunteer positions often seen in our schools. The matrix indicates whether or not clearances are required for the identified volunteer roles. While the document is lengthy, it is also fairly comprehensive and answers many of the questions we've been asked. 


Submitting Clearances
Once you obtain your clearances, we are pleased to share that you may submit them electronically via the link below.

Questions about volunteer clearance requirements? Contact (610) 889-2125, ext. 52116.