WAYNESBORO, PA. - Beginning in April, people seeking to work in Pennsylvania schools - including construction crews for building projects - must submit fingerprints to the FBI.
Amendments to the Public School Code mandate that the new laws about state and federal background checks not only apply to prospective employees of public and private schools, intermediate units and vocational schools, but also to independent contractors who have direct contact with children.
The caveat for contractors applies to workers associated with building projects, including electricians, plumbers and heating, ventilation and air conditioning specialists, said Mike Storm, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Next year in Franklin County, building projects at Waynesboro Area Senior High School and Fayetteville (Pa.) Elementary School will continue, and the Chambersburg (Pa.) Area School District is expected to start work at U.L. Gordy Elementary School.