You may be aware that Pennsylvania has enacted requirements for volunteers in schools to obtain background clearances. The school district recently communicated to us that changes have been enacted in the requirements:
“Important Notice Regarding Volunteer Clearance Requirements
“As the result of new amendments to the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) enacted on July 1, 2015, implementation of the requirement for volunteer clearances will not take effect until July 1, 2016. The new amendments include significant changes to the 2014 amendments to the CPSL. Most notably, only volunteers with regular and repeated contact with students and who are responsible for care, supervision, guidance or control of children will need clearances. Additionally, renewal of clearances will now be required every five (5) years rather than every three (3). The District will be communicating further guidance on these new requirements as it becomes available.”
The PTO understands that the the ongoing and changing state and district mandated changes may cause added confusion for all of us. Please be assured that as soon as we receive any further direction, we will promptly pass it on to you.