Parents Corner: New Pa. law sets background check requirements for parents volunteering in schools

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:

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.

There is no cost for volunteers completing the state child abuse clearance statement, state police criminal record check, and written statement for Pennsylvania residents of 10 years or more. There is a cost of $28.75 to obtain an FBI clearance certification, which includes fingerprinting.

Find more information about the new law here.


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