Act 153 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I already have my QV clearances. What do I need to do to comply with the new laws?
QV volunteer clearances and badges obtained during the 2015-2016 school year are still valid for the 2016-2017 school year. If you obtained clearances and badges prior to the 15-16 school year or do not currenly have a volunteer badge, you will need to obtain a new badge for the 2016-2017 school year.
All volunteers will need to provide the following:
How do I know if I am classified as a visitor or volunteer?
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
- Pennsylvania State Criminal Record Check
- FBI Fingerprint Clearances
- TB Test *Please note--The PA Department of Health Division of School Health requires school volunteers to have a TB test. This test only needs to happen one time. If you are currently a QV school volunteer, you do not need to resubmit TB test results. If you are a new QV Volunteer you must submit a TB test, dated within the last year.
A visitor is someone who comes into the school building as a presenter, a class speaker, a college recruiter, a parent helping with a class activity or celebration, or a guest reader. A visitor will only have interaction with children under the supervision of a QVSD staff member. A visitor will never assume the responsibility of a professional staff member.
Examples of volunteers include: field trip chaperones, athletic volunteers, volunteer coaches and assistant coaches, band chaperones, musical or performing arts assistants. Volunteers will have an ongoing presence in the school and their roles will require them to have routine interaction with students.
What if I cannot afford to pay for clearances, but still want to volunteer?
Financial assistance may be provided to families who demonstrate financial hardship. Please contact the building principal of school(s) in which you wish to volunteer to request financial assistance. All requests will be managed confidentially.
I already have clearance for my church. Are they acceptable for school volunteering?
Not necessarily. Different agencies require different clearances. For school volunteering one must have: a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, an FBI Fingerprint Clearance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (not the Department of Human Services, or other state department), a Pennsylvania State Criminal Record Check, and a valid TB test.
I got my clearances five years ago. Are they acceptable for school volunteering?
When the volunteer presents clearances to the district, the clearances must be dated within one year. The required clearances might have three different dates, as long as it’s dated within one year. Example: if you present clearances to QVSD on August 15, 2016, all clearance dates must be posted August 15, 2015 or later.
How do I submit my clearances to become a volunteer?
Contact district office at 412-749-3600 to schedule a time to submit clearances.
What if I still have a question about clearances?
Call 412-749-3600 with any additional questions.