The Bucknell Buddies program is an after school tutoring program that is offered through the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) at Milton School District. The program is a collaboration between the Education Department at Bucknell, the Office of Civic Engagement, and the Milton School District. The program is managed by the Director of Professional Education/Field Experience Coordinator in the Education Department.
Tutoring is offered in subjects as directed by the classroom teachers in the program. Volunteers may also participate in staff-directed recreational activities.
Bucknell students serve as tutors for the program. Tutors are paired with one or two school students and work with the same students throughout the semester in order to establish a sense of consistency and structure as well as build a trusting relationship between tutor and student.
Each tutor must attend a training session as well as obtain the Pennsylvania Department of Education clearances. Tutors then select one day a week that they will tutor and commit to that day for the duration of the semester. Transportation can be provided through the school district if students choose to participate.
If you are a volunteer in a COMMUNITY PROGRAM that requires clearances or if you are registered for a class that has a FIELD PLACEMENT component in which you work in a local school as a tutor, observer, or student teacher, you need to obtain the following three clearances BEFORE you start your work with children:
These clearances require a credit card. If you do not have a credit card, please contact the academic assistant in the Bucknell education department for payment alternatives (call 570.577.1324).
Act 151: PA Child Abuse Clearance (online)
The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application can be submitted online. Once you enter the link below you will be directed to the Child Welfare Portal where you must create an account or log in if you already have an account. Note: you will need an email address to create an account. Child Abuse History Clearance Online: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS
Be sure to use your CAMPUS address, not your home address! Creating an account and submitting your clearance application online will give you immediate access to your results or the status of your results if your results cannot be processed immediately. You must include your social security number to have immediate access. For purpose of clearance, select “School employee” – not volunteer. You will receive an email when the results of your background check are available. SAVE that email! Go back to the site to retrieve your actual certificate, SAVE it electronically, and SEND a copy to the education department.
ACT 34: Pennsylvania Criminal History Record Check
Act 114: FBI Criminal History (Fingerprint)
When you obtain the clearances, bring copies to the Department of Education office in Olin Science Bldg. and retain the originals! If you have questions, please call 570.577.1934 or 570.577.1324.
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