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Act 153

VOLUNTEER CLEARANCES

Effective immediately, we will be following the procedures developed by Newtown Library Company Board of Directors in compliance with new state laws and Council Rock School District requirements.

Far-reaching changes have been made to Act 153 of 2014, of the Pennsylvania state legislation, in relation to volunteers obtaining and renewing clearances.

These modifications to Act 153 of 2014 have amended provisions of the Child Protective Services Law, and those changes now impact volunteers who have “direct contact” with children.  Most adults working at the Newtown Library will now require clearances.

Please use and return this checklist, along with the necessary paperwork, to Karolyn Fisher, Librarian.

1.   Who is required to obtain Clearances?

a.   All NLC front desk volunteers, the librarian, story hour staff and Board members are required to obtain clearances. The “Volunteer” is defined as an adult in an unpaid voluntary position … who has direct contact with children. Direct contact shall mean … routine interaction with children.

2.   Which are the required Clearances: Volunteers can request these reports at no cost.

a.   A report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

b.   Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services. https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home

c.   Pennsylvania residents submit a notarized affidavit supplied by NLC or at https://goo.gl/F3W7W2.

d.   Any individual who has resided outside of PA in the last 10 yrs. must complete a fingerprint-based federal criminal history report. https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_pde.htm

3.  Timeline:

a.   All new volunteers must obtain clearances before working at the library.

b.  Current volunteers must obtain and submit clearances by July 1, 2016.

c.   All clearances must be renewed every 60 months.

4. Clearance Protocols:

a.   The Newtown Library Board of Directors will maintain a secure database of volunteers’ clearance data. Volunteers are to obtain their clearances and then submit those clearances to Karen Waitkus.

b.   New volunteers may not begin providing service to the library until the clearances are satisfactorily completed (does not include training).

c.   For more information contact Karolyn Fisher, Librarian.

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