Blue Mountain Elementary Cressona

BMECW Clearance Information – School Volunteers

Those who wish to volunteer in any capacity as a direct volunteer (Direct Volunteer – Direct volunteer contact is defined as the care, supervision, guidance or control of children and routine interaction with children. Routine interaction is the regular and repeated contact that is integral to a volunteer’s responsibilities) with any BMECW student/s during the 2015/2016 school year must have the following clearances on file in the office as per Act 15:

  1. Child Abuse History:
  2. PA State Police Criminal Record Check:

These clearances are free of charge and will be kept confidential.

If you have lived out of the state of Pennsylvania in the past 10 years, you are required to get the FBI Fingerprinting Clearance.  This clearance is not free.

      3. FBI Background Check:  (CHOOSE: PA Dept of Education)      

These clearances are valid for five years and will be kept in the BMECW offices.  The PTO will utilize this list of names when looking for volunteers for activities


Revision of Current Immunization Regulations

The Departments of Health and Education revised the current Immunization regulations in an effort to improve Pennsylvania’s immunization rate.  These changes will be important as we prepare for kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year.  In addition, the changes will impact students entering Grade 7 who are required to show evidence of having had the Tdap and Menactra vaccination.

Please make note of the following changes:

4 doses of Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis (whooping cough)* (1 dose on or after the 4th
4 doses of Polio** (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
2 doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German measles)***
3 doses of Hepatitis B
2 doses of Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine or evidence of immunity
* Usually given as DTP or DTaP or if medically advisable, DT or TD
** A fourth dose is not necessary if the third dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least 6 months
after the previous dose
*** Usually given as MMR

**The provisional enrollment period will change from 8 months to 5 days to provide evidence of full vaccination

**If additional immunizations are required for completion of a series, a medical certificate from the student’s health care provider will be required outlining the dates for additional immunizations.

** A review of records/compliance will take place every 30 days (currently review takes place every 60 days)

No changes are being made to the following regulations:

Students who are not compliant may be excluded from school until requirements are met.

Parents may still request exemption based on a religious or philosophical belief or provide a medical exemption due to a health condition.

Please call your school nurse if you have any questions.