What school volunteers need to know about getting a tuberculosis clearance

If you are volunteering for your child’s school for the first time, you may need to complete a few steps before being allowed on campus to volunteer, including the completion of an application, a security check and a tuberculosis clearance. While the first two steps might be self-explanatory, sometimes there is confusion with the third one.

A clearance for tuberculosis is needed for teachers, support staff, volunteers and contractors to protect everyone’s health at our local schools. Since 2015, a TB clearance no longer means just getting a TB test and presenting the result to your school. Instead, a person interested in volunteering in any school, grades K – 12, must first complete a TB risk assessment. This risk assessment is a six-question document that you complete with your children’s school nurse or health technician or your own health care provider.

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