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Back to School Tips & Info from the Halls of Harrisburg

Can you believe summer is over and school is back in session? I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the students, teachers & school administrators of the 18th Senatorial District a happy, healthy & successful 2019-20 school year! 

I have included in this bulletin some helpful information that I hope you find useful through the school year. If I can assist you with any additional state-related matter, please do not hesitate to contact one of my offices.

School Bus Safety

As the start of the school year is upon us, I want to take this opportunity to remind motorists of the state’s School Bus Stopping Law and that anyone convicted of violating the School Bus Stopping Law can face penalties including a $250 fine, five points on your driving record, and a 60-day license suspension. 

MPA’s NEW Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program Below are important items to remember when driving.  If you are driving in areas with a high concentration of students waiting for the bus, please slow down and be careful.

  • Motorists must stop when meeting a school bus with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses.
  • Motorists must wait until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving.
  • Do not proceed until all children have reached a place of safety.
  • Motorists approaching an intersection where a school bus is stopped with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended must stop whether on the same street or the cross street.
  • Motorists do not have to stop on a highway with clearly defined dividing sections or physical barriers providing separate roadways.  This only applies when the school bus is on the opposite side of the road.

I also encourage parents and students to visit www.justdrivepa.org to view tips offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for kids to stay safe while riding the bus.

Clearances/Background Checks

Background ChecksDID YOU KNOW…. Pennsylvania School Law 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. In addition, employment history reviews must be completed for all applicants seeking employment.

The following three background checks are required:

  • Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check
  • Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI)

Find information about obtaining clearances, associated laws and regulations, answers to frequently asked questions, and additional resources by clicking HERE.

Vaccines WORK!

It’s very important for your child to get the required immunizations BEFORE beginning the new school year! Check with your child's health care provider to be sure that your child is up-to-date on immunizations to attend school!

All children should be immunized at regular health care visits, beginning at birth. Immunizations are very important in keeping children healthy. The recommended childhood and adolescent schedule urges vaccinations starting at birth through 24 months of age, with boosters and catch-up vaccines continuing through the teenage years and into adulthood. By immunizing, children are protected against the potentially devastating effects of vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunization is the most cost-effective preventive health measure.

Pennsylvania has a Vaccines for Children (VFC) program which provides vaccines at NO cost to kids who may not be vaccinated because of the inability to pay – to learn more about this program, please visit  www.health.pa.gov/topics/programs/immunizations/Pages/VFC.aspx.

Bullying Prevention

Happy School Year

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools bullying prevention webpage contains resources for parents, educators, and professionals serving children and youth in school and out-of-school settings. 

Bullying Prevention Consultation Line
1-866-716-0424

The toll-free Bullying Prevention Consultation Line invites individuals experiencing chronic and unresolved bullying to discuss effective strategies and available resources to manage school-based bullying. This resource was developed in collaboration with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP), and is available at no cost to students, parents/guardians, and school districts across Pennsylvania. The Bullying Prevention and Consultation Line is 1-866-716-0424. Messages left will be returned during normal business hours Monday through Friday. Please note: this number is not monitored 24 hours a day/seven days a week and should not be used for emergencies.

Safe2Say Something is a school safety tool that will save lives

Safe 2 Say SomethingSafe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late.

Here’s how it works:

  • Submit an anonymous tip report through the Safe2SaySomething system
  • Crisis center reviews, assesses and processes all submissions
  • Crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
  • If needed, crisis center may contact tipster anonymously through the app

Attention Teachers & Principals - Schedule a School Capitol Tour

Bring your students to visit and tour the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg! As I am sure you are aware, civic participation is one of our primary goals of education in the Commonwealth and visiting our beautiful State Capitol can inspire lifelong engagement in the process of good citizenship. If a group from your school is interested in visiting the Capitol, they may schedule a tour online at the following website: http://www.pacapitol.com/book-a-tour/. Simply have the trip organizer follow the steps and enter the necessary information. You may also schedule a Capitol tour by calling 1-800-868-7672. Please note that tours are limited to 80 people total per tour. Groups with more than 80 people will require multiple tour times. Please schedule accordingly. Additionally, when you have scheduled your visit, please contact me by calling my office at (610)-868-8667 or via e-mail at boscola@pasenate.com. I will be happy to meet your school group for a brief visit and photo when available. I always appreciate seeing constituents from the 18th District at the Capitol!

The area around the Capitol also has many other exciting attractions to visit, including the State Museum of PA, the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, and the National Civil War Museum. You can learn more about visiting these places at this website: http://www.pacapitol.com/plan-a-visit/area-attractions.cfm.

Offices Closed

All Senate offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. My offices will re-open as scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

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Offices of State Senator Lisa M. Boscola

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BETHLEHEM OFFICE
One East Broad Street
Suite 120
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 868-8667
Fax: (610) 861-2184
Toll-free: 1-877-535-1818
EASTON OFFICE
1701 Washington Blvd.
Easton, PA 18042
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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3018
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Senate of PA:
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