Governor Wolf announced that he is waiving the fees for child abuse clearances and criminal background checks required by the new legislation concerning school volunteers. This announcement is an extremely positive development; however, I ask that potential volunteers hold-off on going through the clearance process until we have more specifics about the Governor's plan.
It appears that there are many things influencing this decision. Perhaps the greatest factor was that districts across the Commonwealth were concerned about how the legislation would negatively impact the availability of volunteers. We are relieved that the Governor heard these concerns, but we are also cognizant of the fact that this new development will create further questions. We, consequently, want to reinforce that potential volunteers should hold-off on getting their clearances and wait for additional information.
We will continue to send updates throughout the summer. As always, thank you so much for your patience and cooperation!
Director of Human Resources