Background Certifications

Volunteer Background Certifications


Pennsylvania laws (PA Act 153) related to volunteers changed as of July 1, 2015. Unlike in the past, when your background certifications remained active as long as you were associated with the school, all volunteers will now be required to update their background certifications every five (5) years so that they can continue to volunteer in public schools like Lehigh Valley Academy.


In order for the cost of the updated background certifications not hinder parents from volunteering, Governor Tom Wolf announced that PA Criminal Background Checks and PA Child Abuse Certifications would be available for free for volunteers.


The following background certifications will be required for all volunteers:


  1. Criminal Record / Background Certification:

        PA Criminal Background Check 
  • Free for Volunteers
  • Must be updated every 5 years


  1. Child Abuse History Certification:

         PA Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Free for Volunteers. Must be updated every 5 years


  1. Mantoux (TB) testing:

  • Varies according to medical provider

  • This medical clearance is only required upon initial processing. It is not required to be updated every five years.


  1. FBI fingerprint-based background certification:

         FBI Fingerprint Registration
  • Approximately $28.00
  • Registration is available online at Cogent Id

  • Fingerprinting is required for all volunteers who have not been a continuous resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the last 10 years.  If you have been a continuous resident, you will be required to complete an official disclosure statement. Please complete the attached affidavit if this applies to you. Fingerprint Affidavit

  • Must be updated every five years

All copies of updated results will need to be provided to the Community Relations Office for our files. Please send them into the school in an envelope marked "Clearances: Attention Shea Ace".