New requirements for parents volunteering in schools

Partners Post, February 2015

Attention parents! Do you volunteer at your child's school to help with class parties, chaperone field trips, operate after-school programs, or other duties?

Pennsylvania's new Child Protective Services Law requires any unpaid, adult volunteer who has direct contact, routine interaction, or responsibility for the welfare of children in public schools to provide a series of background checks:

  • A clearance statement from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services,
  • A state police criminal history report, and
  • A written statement that the volunteer has been a resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years and is not disqualified from service based upon criminal convictions.

Volunteers who have lived outside of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years will also have to obtain an FBI criminal history report.

The new requirements begin on July 1, 2015.  Any current volunteers who have already obtained background checks must renew them within 36 months of the issue date. 

Find more information and links to obtain these background checks.



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