PA School Code Requirements for Employees
Mandated Reporter Training
Act 126 requires that all school entities (a public school, charter school, cyber charter school, private school, nonpublic school, intermediate unit or area vocational-technical school) and independent contractors of school entities provide child abuse recognition and reporting training to all employees...who have direct contact with children. (Note: If you have completed this training since January 1, 2015, we can accept your certificate of completion for this requirement. )
You can access the free, online mandated reporter course and follow these steps:
Health Exam Record and TB Test
The Pennsylvania Public School Code Section 1418 requires that "teachers, janitors, cooks and other cafeterial help and all others employed at schools have a pre-employment medical examination, including a tuberculosis test.
To complete the Health Exam/TB test requirement:
Employee Background Checks
Pennsylvania School Law (24 P.S. §1-111) requires that all applicants for employment in public and private schools, employees of independent contractors seeking business with public and private schools, and student teacher candidates undergo background checks if they will have direct contact with students. The following three background checks are required:
For information on how to obtain these clearances, please follow the instructions on our district's webpage for Clearance Information for Employees.
Arrest/Conviction Report Form
Act 24 of 2011 contains a number of significant changes to the Pennsylvania Public School Code that were designed to enhance the safety of school children. Among the changes, Act 24 amends Section 111 of the School Code.
Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure
As of December 22, 2014, a school entity or an independent contractor may not hire any applicant for a position in which the employee will have direct contact with children until the school entity has complied with the employment history review process delineated in Act 168 of 2014 (24 P.S. § 1-111.1).