L.I.N.C.S. Forms MUST be pre-approved
SENIORS: The deadline to submit your LINCS paperwork for 2016/2017 school year activities for transcript notation is May 1, 2017.
The deadline for ninth, tenth and eleventh graders to turn in LINCS paperwork for 2016/2017 activities is May 15, 2017.
(NO forms/hours will be accepted after the due date.)
Council Rock Service Learning Program
Council Rock has a long tradition of community involvement, and volunteer service has become a way of life in Council Rock schools. The sharing of time and talents for the benefit of others is an important part of the L.I.N.C.S. Program. Commitment to this program requires sensitivity, perception of need, determination, perseverance, and dedication. Students learn that it is satisfying to devote time to volunteer work. A maximum of 5 hours of Service Learning may be earned in eighth grade. Students in grades nine through twelve are eligible and encouraged to participate in the L.I.N.C.S. program.
What is Service Learning?
Service Learning is a method by which young people learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that:
· meet actual community-based needs while working with approved, not-for-profit organizations.
· are coordinated in collaboration with the school and the community.
· are integrated into each student’s academic curriculum.
· provide time for students to reflect, talk and write about their service activities.
· provide students with opportunities to use academic skills and knowledge in their community.
· enhance what is taught in school by extending student learning beyond the classroom.
· help foster the development of a sense of caring for others.
* address meeting timelines/deadlines and developing a sense of personal responsibility.
Service Learning Outcomes:
· Understand the responsibility of citizenship
· Improve communication skills
· Improve problem-solving skills
· Enhance self-esteem
· Foster a sense of personal responsibility
· Acquire project-specific skills
· Address and support community needs through work with not-for-profit organizations/ activities
· Enhance school spirit
· Improve team-building skills
How it works:
· Look for volunteer opportunities on the LINCS page of each high school’s web site. There you will find a Volunteer Agency Directory, which lists pre-approved not-for-profit community organizations and also Upcoming LINCS Opportunities which lists pre-approved short-term opportunities. All listed organizations have submitted copies of their required clearances to the Council Rock School District.
· Obtain a LINCS form for each activity/agency before participation. Please make sure that the organizations you will be volunteering at are aware that the individual directly supervising you and signing your form have submitted their clearances to the Council Rock School District.
· If the agency you are volunteering for is either on the website, advertised on the LINCS bulletin board or on morning announcements, it has already been pre-approved and clearances have been submitted, you may begin volunteering right away.
· If the agency is not listed, it must be approved by the LINCS coordinator BEFORE you start volunteering. Complete the Student Information section of page 1 of the LINCS form, have the agency/organization complete the Non-Profit Organization section and clearances assurances, and then submit to the LINCS coordinator for approval before volunteering.
· Once the activity is approved, you can start volunteering, keeping a log of your service hours on page 2 of the LINCS form. This is not a job-shadowing or internship-based program.
· Upon completion of the volunteer service activity, page 2 must be signed by the agency supervisor indicating the amount of time of service.
· Side 2 of the LINCS form also includes an opportunity for reflection after the activity, describing what the student gained from the experience. These questions must be answered by the student volunteer in full.
· The LINCS form must be fully completed for credit, and returned to the L.I.N.C.S. coordinator in each building for notation.
· Please be aware that a requirement for the National Honor Society and other high school honor organizations is the completion of approved / documented volunteer hours (LINCS).
· A student with LINCS-related questions or who wish to check his/her L.I.N.C.S. submission status in the Athletic Office at North (across from the guidance offices) or in the main office at South.
· Each not-for-profit agency/ organization that you volunteer for must have a separate LINCS form.
· Completed forms for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students must be submitted on or before May 16th. (Example- Forms for service completed during 9th grade will not be accepted during 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.)
· All Senior L.I.N.C.S. hours for the current school year are due by May 1.
· In May, all L.I.N.C.S. hours that have been submitted on time and verified will be totaled.
Please note: The L.I.N.C.S. program is not a "job-shadowing" or "internship" program.
Once a student reaches 60 hours of community service, they will receive recognition in the form of:
· Documentation on Transcript
· Community Service Gold Seal on Diploma
· Recognition in the Graduation Program
· Eligibility for Scholarships and Service Learning Awards
LINCS Program Guidelines:
· The Council Rock Service Learning Program (L.I.N.C.S.) is voluntary, and the time must be served outside of school instructional hours.
· Volunteer hours must clearly serve the needs of the school or the general community.
· Students may not be paid for services rendered. This includes tips.
· Students may only receive L.I.N.C.S. credit for time served working with a not-for-profit organization/agency. This organization agrees that LINCS volunteers will be covered by their organization's liability insurance. This organization has also met the state requirement to submit clearances of the organization supervisor / signee.
· Volunteer work done to promote a particular religion, politician or political party, or point of view cannot be counted as volunteer hours.
· Any volunteer hours served or required for class credit or school-sponsored teams, clubs and activities/awards may not be counted towards L.I.N.C.S. hours. Hours of community service that exceed the membership requirement for that team/club/activity can be submitted for L.I.N.C.S. credit. Full documentation of additional hours with dates must be provided. Training time and meetings exclusive of the actual community-based activity do not count for LINCS hours.
· Performances, parades or choir participation will be considered toward L.I.N.C.S. hours when it relates to a charity or community event only, is voluntary and is not a part of membership requirements. Full documentation of additional hours with dates must be provided.
· Only hours that have been submitted through both Pre-Approval and Verification forms will be included in the L.I.N.C.S. hours for each year.
· All agencies/organizations listed in the Service Leaning Directory maintain their own liability insurance coverage for students while they are performing community service.
· Students may develop their own independent service learning experience (this must meet the district's L.I.N.C.S. criteria, be community based, and be supervised through a not-for-profit group or organization). These must be approved by a parent/guardian, the district service learning coordinator - Mrs. McCarthy, and verifiable by a responsible adult. The request for approval must be submitted and approved prior to performing the service activity.
· Agency training/orientation/travel hours/meetings do not count as service learning time.
Effective February 1, 2016, CLEARANCES are required for all LINCS approved organizations representatives / signees, --- NO EXCEPTIONS.
Recent and extensive changes to Act 15 of 2015 have amended provisions of the Child Protective Services Law and those changes directly impacts volunteers who are responsible for the a student’s welfare or who have “direct volunteer contact” with students.
When a student serves as a volunteer with a pre-approved not-for-profit organization, the adult that is identified as the student’s supervisor or the person responsible for the child’s welfare is required to obtain three clearances (two of which are free of charge). The adult responsible for the student is also required to be in the immediate vicinity of regular intervals with the child during the program. Regular intervals is defined as having contact with a student at least once daily and not less than every hours.
The required background checks for individuals working with students are as follows:
In order for our students to serve as volunteers with an organization, the above clearances for the organization supervisor / signee must be furnished to the office of Human Resources at 30 North Chancellor Street, Newtown, PA 18940.
For more information about the L.I.N.C.S. program, please call or e-mail:
Mrs. Carol Boyle
LINCS Assistant to Ms. McCarthy
Mrs. Lisa Horsch
LINCS Assistant to Ms. McCarthy
Learning In Neighborhood Community Service