A brief summary of the topics presented and information shared during discussion is provided below.
Changes to Pennsylvania Child Abuse Laws
Tom Burnheimer, Director of Pupil Services, provided the group with an
update on new requirements regarding child abuse reporting and
background clearances. Due to the new reporting requirements, any person
to whom a child discloses abuse must report the incident. Previously,
referrals were handled primarily by the school nurse, building
principal, or other designated individual to make the report. Reports
can still be made via telephone or via a new web-based electronic system. Under the new requirements, District employees are required to update their clearances every three years.
addition to these updates, there was a very lengthy discussion on
“volunteers” and “visitors.” Beginning July 1, 2015, volunteers will
need to obtain a minimum of two clearances, State Police and Child
Abuse. Based upon PA residency for the last 10 years, a third clearance
may be required, which is the FBI clearance. Total cost for all three
clearances is approximately $50.00. We are still determining who will be
defined as a volunteer versus a visitor, but it is clear changes from
our current practice are forthcoming.
Proposal to Combine the High School Marching Bands
Stoltz provided a brief overview of the proposal to combine the high
school marching bands, and the many factors that were being considered.
The group was representative of many perspectives, ranging from the
desire to combine bands, athletics, and other programs to the desire to
maintain separate programs. Dr. Stoltz indicated additional
discussions would be held with the Board at future meetings. For
additional information or to view the presentation shared with the Board
on February 12, 2015, click here.
Community members are reminded they can submit ideas for future topics of discussion to any District Voice representative.
Next Meeting: May 6, 2015