In an ongoing effort to protect PA children, Act 153 of 2014, effective December 31, 2014, changes the PA Public School Code to require any adult having direct contact with schoolchildren to secure three clearances, which must be on record with the school district prior to volunteers providing any programs, activities, or services sponsored by or held at schools.
The three required clearances include:
1. PA State Police Criminal Record Check (https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp);
2. PA Child Abuse History Clearance (https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home); and
3. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background Clearance (https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_pde.htm).
All clearances can be applied and paid for electronically and will remain valid for 36 months. Unfortunately, there are financial costs associated with each of these clearances, which will be at the expense of the applicant.
Additional information about securing each of the three clearances may be found at http://goo.gl/VmTa3M. Please know that while the PA State Police Criminal Record Check and PA Child Abuse History Clearance only involve applying for and securing the results, the Pennsylvania Department of Education FBI Clearance is a multiple-step process that requires an online registration as well as fingerprinting prior to securing the results. FBI fingerprinting services are available in Washington County at Mail Boxes plus More (Washington, PA) and Intermediate Unit 1 (Coal Center, PA). Hours of operation, specific contact information, and alternate locations may be found at http://goo.gl/hOZcr by accessing the “Fingerprint Locations & Hours Map” Link.