Volunteering

In conjunction with legislation amending the Child Protective Services Law and as part of a state-wide mandate that went into effect December 31, 2014, all school employees, contractors and volunteers (as defined by the policies listed below) are required to obtain new clearances (child abuse background checks and state and federal FBI criminal history checks) every 60 months.

Please refer to Policy 916 School Volunteers and Chaperones and Policy 121 Field Trips for more information.

Any person who meets the requirements in the policies listed above as needing clearances may follow these directions for obtaining clearances.

PA Child Abuse Clearance (volunteers) -
Complete online at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis (No Charge).  Follow the steps to create and “Individual Account” - be sure to indicate that it is for a “Volunteer Clearance” so you are not charged. Print the form generated and submit to the district.

OR

Mail - On the form, under “Purpose of Certification”, be sure to check “Volunteer”.  Under SUB PURPOSE, check “Other” and write in “School District”.  Mail to: Childline and Abuse Registry, PA Department of Human Services, P.O. Box 8170, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8170. 

The mail in process can take 4–6 weeks, possibly more due to the number of requests at this time. The clearance form will be mailed to your home. The district must see the original form if you choose the mail-in process.


PA Criminal Background Clearance - Complete the online form at www.epatch.stat.pa.us (No charge).  Print the form generated and submit to the district office.

OR

Mail - Complete the necessary information (NOTE: as you complete the form you are the "requestor" and the "subject").  Mail to PA State Police, Central Repository-RCPU, 1800 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA  17110-9758.

This mail-in process may take 4-6 weeks, possibly longer due to the number of requests at this time.  The clearance form will be mailed to your home.  The district must see the original form if you choose the mail-in process.


FBI Criminal History Record Check - THIS IS REQUIRED ONLY IF YOU HAVE NOT CONTINUOUSLY RESIDED IN PENNSYLVANIA FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS.

If you have been a continuous 10-year resident, please complete the “10-year Residency Verification Form” and the “Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form.”

If you have NOT been a continuous 10-year resident of Pennsylvania, please follow the attached instructions for obtaining the FBI, finger-print based clearance.

**This is a finger-print based background check that must be done in multiple steps**

Registration must be done online and must be done before you go to have your fingerprints done.  The cost is $27.00.

***If you have any questions about any of the clearances, please contact the Human Resources Office at (610) 286-8652.***