July 2013 News
The first Audubon Smore!
Happy Summer! In an effort to make communication easier to manage, our monthly Audubon Newsletters will now be published with Smore. You don't need to be signed up to read the news and it is more easily read on various devices. You will still recieve an e-alert when the newsletter is ready and you will still be able to link to it from the Audubon homepage. I look forward to better reaching more of our Audubon families.
Methacton School District policy on volunteers changed as of July 1. Anyone who wishes to volunteer in our schools must have Criminal Background and Child Abuse clearances and a TB test. Clearance information is listed below and more information is available on the district website. We look forward to working with you!
Act 34 - Criminal History Background Check
Section 1-111 of the Pennsylvania School Code requires that all applicants for school employment, including those of independent contractors but excluding employees who do not have direct contact with students, must obtain a criminal background check. All applicants are required to submit a Request for Criminal Record Check to the Pennsylvania State Police. The results will be returned directly to you and must be submitted to the school entity with which you are seeking employment.
Criminal reports may be obtained electronically from the Pennsylvania State Police at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp. The Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH) Invoice for Criminal Record Check with a copy of the State seal imbedded on the paper is an official record check.
The Criminal History Request Form (SP4-164) is also available from schools, Pennsylvania State Police Barracks and from the Pennsylvania State Police web site. This background check requires a ten dollar ($10) payment in the form of a certified check or money order payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To check on the status of a request for a Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check call 717-783-9973.
Act 151- Child Abuse Clearance
In addition to the criminal background check, Sections 6354-6358 (Act 151) of the Public Welfare Code requires that all applicants for school employment, both Pennsylvania residents and non-residents, also obtain a Child Abuse History Clearance. This request is submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Child Line. To complete and print the online PA Child Abuse Form CY-113 (UF) click HERE. The form can also be obtained from the school to which you are applying to volunteer at, the Department of Public Welfare web site or from the School Services Unit in the Department of Education. The Child Abuse History Clearance requires payment of ten ($10) payable to the Department of Public Welfare in the form of a certified check or money order. To check on the status of a request for the Child Abuse Clearance call 717-783-6211. PLEASE NOTE: Please mark the check-box for "School Employee," NOT the Volunteer box for Purpose of Clearance.