The District strongly supports the involvement of
parent/guardian and community volunteers. State law now requires that any volunteer who has direct contact with students to have necessary clearances on file with the District.
Please note that clearances on that have been obtained for other organizations (township, sport organizations, scouts, employment, etc.) will be accepted if they match the list below and are within the acceptable time limit. Copies must be obtained from these organizations and brought to the District in order to be on the list.
What forms are necessary?
The District requires the following clearances:
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151)
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check (Act 34)
- FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114)
- Volunteers who have resided in Pennsylvania for ALL of the past ten years may request a waiver of the FBI Fingerprint Clearance. Click here to learn more.
In addition, the following form must be signed and submitted:
- Acknowledgement of Volunteer Obligations - required for all those submitting clearances. Download a copy below.
Acquiring the clearance documents takes time and we
recommend that parents planning on volunteering in the schools complete the process
as soon as possible. The documents will remain on file with the District for FIVE years at which time new clearances will be necessary.
How do I get my clearances?
The table below provides details on the process including
costs and timelines. When you are ready to begin, click the links at the bottom of each column to begin the online registration. You may also click here
for an overview from the Dept of Human Services (For FBI fingerprint link from this site, please make sure that you scroll down the paragraph that begins "*The Pennsylvania Department of Education".
| ||PA Criminal Record Check||PA Child Abuse History Clearance|
Federal (FBI) Criminal History Record Check
| Cost|| Free for volunteers||Free for volunteers || $27.00|
| Form of Payment Accepted||Credit card (if submitting online)||Credit card (if submitting online)||Online with credit card, money order or cashier's check|
|Expected time for results||Usually within 2 weeks (could be sooner)||Usually within 2 weeks||Usually within 2 weeks|
|Electronic submission|| Yes||Yes || Yes|
|Manner in which results will be received||Online with paper copy||Online with paper copy||Mailed to your home|
|Is this a one-step process?|| Yes|| Yes||No. You must first register for an ID, then you must get finger-printed at an approved location*|
|Link to Begin||Get Started||Get Started||Get Started|
* Peters Township Parks and Rec now offers a fingerprinting service for residents. Please call 724-942-5000 for an appointment.
What is the Acknowledgement of Volunteer Obligations?
The new state law also requires volunteers to notify the District within 72 hours if they are arrested or convicted of a Disqualifying Offense. To ensure that all volunteers are aware of this requirement, you will be required to sign and submit a copy of the Acknowledgment of Volunteer Obligations when you submit your clearances at the District offices.