Welcome to the Leechburg Area School District Human Resources DepartmentHere you will find LASD job opportunities and other important information for prospective and current employees.
Questions regarding any HR issue may be directed to:Bradley T. WalkerBusiness Manager/Human Resources Directorbwalker@leechburg.k12.pa.us724-845-7701 x 125724-845-2241 FacsimileACT 4 - REQUIRED CLEARANCES REVISION
On Feb. 16, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 4 into law. The law includes important amendments to Section 111 of the School Code concerning background checks that are intended to conform portions of that law with recent changes to the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL).
Section 111 of the School Code requires background checks for all school entity (public and non-public) employees, contractors and student teachers who have direct contact with children. The required background checks are from the Pennsylvania State Police, Department of Human Services (DHS) child abuse, and FBI fingerprint/records check. Act 153 of 2015 amended the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) to require that these Section 111 checks be renewed every 60 months. Act 4 brings the School Code in alignment with this CPSL requirement or renewal of background checks and also provides that any of the three required background checks may now be used by potential applicants for up to five years. Prior to this change, background checks could not be used by applicants if they were more than one year old.
The 3M Cogent online system currently retains individual federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) for one year. PDE will be working to establish a system that will retain the CHRI report for five years. Until that system is in place, school administrators who wish to accept copies of CHRI reports that are no longer retained by 3M Cogent are permitted to accept paper copies of CHRI reports from applicants that are up to five years old. These paper copies should preferably be the unofficial copy of the CHRI provided to the applicant on PDE letterhead. An applicant who has not retained the unofficial copy of their CHRI obtained from 3M Cogent is also permitted to request a copy of their CHRI from their current employer to supply to a prospective employer. Applicants are also required to complete the form required by Section 111(j)(1) of the School Code (the PDE 6004 form) indicating they have not been disqualified from employment.
PDE is also in the process of updating and revising its website to reflect the recent changes to the CPSL and School Code as it pertains to background checks. Future expected changes include updating and placing in one document the Department's Frequently Asked Questions. Links to current resources and guidance can be found below:
Revised PDE Form 6004:
To view PDE's guidance on background checks for contractors, go to http://www.education.pa.gov/Documents/Teachers-Administrators/Background%20Checks/Contractor%20FAQs.pdf.
To view PDE's guidance on background checks for volunteers, go to http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/Background%20checks/Pages/Act-15-Faqs.aspx#.Vsy8BGQo4qI.
To view the DHS factsheets on school employees and volunteers go to http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/ and click on the blue box entitled "Who needs child abuse clearances?"
For additional information, please contact PDE's School Services Office at 717-783-3750 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For applicants who have been required to obtain "name checks" with the FBI due to the inability to read finger prints, PDE letters that disclose the result of name checks may be used up to five years.2015 Required Clearances UpdateEnacted July 1, 2015:
CHILD PROTECTION UPDATE: The General Assembly passed and the governor has now signed House Bill 1276 into law—it is now Act 15 of 2015. The Act makes several changes to Act 153, including the following:
- Defines "routine interaction" as regular and repeated contact that is integral to a person's employment or volunteer responsibilities
- Defines “immediate vicinity" as an area in which an individual is physically present with a child and can see, hear, direct and assess the activities of the child.
- Clarifies that for internships, work-study or co-op programs, the person the school and the employer identify as the child’s supervisor is the person responsible for the child’s welfare and that individual must be in the immediate vicinity of the child at regular intervals
- Waives the fees for child abuse clearances and state criminal background checks for volunteers and permits these free certifications to be provided only once every 57 months; reduces the fee to $8 for school employees
- Clarifies that volunteers need to obtain certifications if they have "direct volunteer contact", meaning they are responsible for the care, supervision, guidance or control of children AND have routine interaction with children
- Prohibits the use of certifications obtained for free as a volunteer from being used for employment or for purposes other than as a volunteer
- Adds a presumption of good faith, stating that an employer or individual responsible for selecting volunteers is presumed to act in good faith when identifying which volunteers must submit certifications and in maintaining records
- Clarifies that students enrolled in a school who volunteer for an event on school grounds that is sponsored by the school do not need certifications as volunteers if they are not responsible for a child’s welfare
- Permits individuals (with the exception of volunteers receiving free certifications) to use current certifications to apply for employment or as a volunteer and to serve as an employee or a volunteer
- Requires employees to obtain new certifications every 60 months; employees who do not have certification or whose certifications are older than 60 months must obtain new certifications by December 31, 2015.