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Volunteer Clearances Information

 
School volunteers are valuable members of the Leechburg Area School District team. Through donating your time and talents, you can help the Leechburg Area School District continue to provide the tools, knowledge and resources for our students to succeed in and out of the classroom.
 
As a result of Pennsylvania laws, all volunteers must obtain clearances. Clearance information has changed greatly over the past several years. Clearances are needed for all adult individuals who are responsible for the welfare of a child or have direct contact with children. Some examples of these individuals would be school personnel, chaperones, sports coaching volunteers, contractors, host families, etc.

There is a difference between a visitor and a volunteer. Visitors are not required to obtain background checks to the extent that such visitors are not responsible for a child’s welfare or are visiting the school irregularly and not providing for the care, supervision, guidance, or control of children. If you desire to volunteer at the Leechburg Area School District please contact the school Administrator for information and specific contacts. All Leechburg Area School District volunteers must be approved by our School Board prior to commencing any volunteer service.
 
All individuals who are determined to be considered a volunteer/personnel must have the following clearances:
1. Act 34 PA Criminal Background Check http://epatch.state.pa.us/
 
2. Act 151 PA Child Abuse History Clearance http://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
 
3. Act 114 FBI Fingerprint– Only needed if individual is receiving pay or has not lived in Pennsylvania for the previous 10 years. Must state you need fingerprinting for the school district. Leechburg’s fingerprinting service code is 1KG6XN.
http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/Background%20checks/Pages/Federal-Criminal-History-Background-Checks.aspx
NOTE: If individual is a volunteer and has lived in Pennsylvania for the previous 10 years – then a Volunteer Disclosure form can be used instead of the FBI fingerprint. The form may be obtained on the district's Human Resource page.
 
4. Tuberculin Test (test results are needed from doctor & must be less than one year)
 
5. Act 31/126 Child Abuse Recognition Training – the link to the training is www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu. Please print out certificate at end of training
 
 
Clearances are now valid for five (5) years if there has not been more than one (1) year break in service.