As per the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law, all new or existing volunteers need to obtain clearances. Clearances are valid for 60 months. The individual is responsible to purchase and submit clearances to the School Secretary prior to the expiration date (60 months). Failure to do so will result in you not being able to volunteer, in any capacity, at any school or activity.
When do I need to submit new clearances?
What are the clearances?
This is a statewide mandate which affects all school districts and businesses working within a district. We recommend you apply several weeks/months in advance of obtaining new clearances. Please see FAQ’s for more information and to determine which clearances you need.
1. Child Abuse Clearance (No cost) 717-783-6211 or 1-877-371-5422
2. PA State Criminal History (PATCH) Clearance (No cost)
Online: Click “register online” with a credit card at https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_pde.htm then take your registration number to any fingerprinting facility such as those listed below.
PA Dept. of Education or Dept. of Human Services FBI clearance will be accepted for volunteers
**If you will be unaccompanied with students or chaperone a field trip, you will be required to obtain an FBI Clearance.
Additional locations can be found by clicking the cogent link and selecting Fingerprint Locations:
The UPS Store #3059
645 East Pittsburgh Street
Greensburg, PA 15601
Mon – Fri 12 pm - 4 pm & 6 - 7 pm
UPS Store #0730
322 Mall Boulevard
Monroeville, PA 15146
Mon - Fri 12 pm – 5 pm
324 Countryside Plaza
Mt Pleasant, PA 15666
Mon – Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm,
Sat 10 am to 2 pm
4. PA Department of Education - Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form - Click here to download. This is also available at the school office.
When you have received all necessary clearances/forms, please bring documents to the School Secretary. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact your School Secretary. Please be aware that the Volunteer School Board policy is currently being reviewed.
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