Act 153-School Volunteer

ACT 153-SCHOOL VOLUNTEER PROCEDURES- 8/25/15

Link to Volunteer Clearance Information Form

Link to Volunteer FAQ form

     The Easton Area School District (District) wants to thank you for considering volunteer service in our District.  The District greatly appreciates your willingness to assist us in the implementation of our many programs, which benefit our students!

 

     Due to the passing of Act 153 and through recent amendments to the law, a school volunteer who is responsible for the welfare of children OR has direct volunteer contact with children because he/she provides care, supervision, guidance or control of children AND has routine interaction with children is required to provide the school principal with the following information prior to beginning service as a volunteer in the District:

 

·      Pennsylvania State Police Report of Criminal History

·      Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Child Abuse Clearance

·      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal History Record -The Act 153 law requires public school volunteers to complete the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check through the Department of Education portal.

·      Tuberculin Testing Results - Due to Pennsylvania School Code Section 23.44

 

Notes:

1.    The FBI clearance is waived for anyone who has been a resident of Pennsylvania for the last ten (10) years.

2.    Effective July 25, 2015, the fees to apply for the Pennsylvania State Police Report of Criminal History and the Pennsylvania Child Abuse clearance have been waived for volunteers only.

3.    The tuberculin test is required for volunteers who have more than ten (10) hours per week direct contact with students.  Volunteers who have less than ten (10) hours per week direct contact with students can either submit proof of a negative tuberculin skin test or a statement from a medical provider that the person is free of or considered low-risk for communicable tuberculosis.

4.    If you already possess any of the three (3) aforementioned clearances, they can be accepted by the District if dated within one year.

 

     

In order to assist you in becoming an Approved Volunteer in the District, links to apply electronically for the volunteer clearances, an Approved Volunteer Application form and District policies #916 School Volunteer, #907 School Visitor and #806 Child Abuse have been listed below.  Note: The option of mailing a hardcopy submission is available for the Pennsylvania Police Background and the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History clearance; addresses are located on each form.

   

 

 

https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home

https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_pde.htm

Volunteer Application Form


 

Volunteer Policies

Policy 806 Child Abuse.pdf

Policy 907 School Visitors.pdf

Policy 916 School Volunteers .pdf

 

     Please submit copies of all clearances and tuberculin test information to the school principal.  Once the school has received all required information, you will be notified via email or U.S. mail regarding your volunteer status in the District.

     In closing, the District thanks you for expressing interest in volunteer service in our schools!


 

Sincerely,

 

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John Castrovinci

Director of Human Resources