Clearance Law

The Child Protective Services Law amends School Code and directly affects all new or existing employees, contractors with direct contact with students, and volunteers. An employee is an individual who has been, or will be, Board approved which includes substitutes, coaches, and extracurricular sponsors. All of these individuals need to obtain new clearances every 60 months. The employee is responsible to purchase and bring clearances to Human Resources prior to the expiration date every 60 months. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. New employees are required to initially submit clearances to their employers that are dated within 60 months.

 

This is a statewide mandate which affects all school districts and businesses working within a district. 

Please be aware that the Act 34 and Act 151 clearances are available online and can be done anytime. You will need to register online for the FBI fingerprint clearance and then go to an approved  provider for your fingerprints.

Below are the links to obtain your clearances.

Child Abuse Clearance
Cost: $13.00
 
PA Criminal History
Cost: $22.00
 
FBI FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE

Service Code : 1KG6XN

Identogo website- PLEASE SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH FINGERPRINT APPLICATION ONLINE. 
Cost:  $23.85
 
ACT 24 OF 2011 AND ACT 82 OF 2012
 
Act 24 was originally signed into law June 30, 2011 by Governor Corbett and was amended on June 30, 2012 as Act 82 of 2012. The law includes an important mechanism to help ensure that current and prospective school employees, independent contractors and student teachers are required to provide assurances they have not been previously arrested or convicted of a Section 111(e) offense. Accordingly, under Act 24 of 2011 and Act 82 of 2012, all current and prospective school employees, independent contractors and student teachers are required to complete and return to a designated school administrator a form developed by PDE to report prior arrests or convictions for any offense listed in Section 111(e). On February 16, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law Act 4, which includes amendments to Section 111 of the school code. Act 4 also includes changes on the PDE-6004 Arrest and Conviction Form.
 
All school employees are required to report to the chief school administrator or the Director of Human Resources within 72 hours of any arrest or conviction of an offense listed in Section 111(e) that occurs after September 28, 2011. The PDE-6004 form shall be used to report these arrests or convictions to the Director of Human Resources; therefore, the PDE-6004 form will always be available to you via Employment Process page on the website or by contacting Bob Reger at [email protected] for a copy of the form. The law provides that willful failure to timely report any such arrest or conviction can result in termination of your employment.
 
The law also requires that if the chief school administrator or the Director of Human Resources has a reasonable belief that an employee was arrested or convicted under a Section 111(e) offense and the employee has not notified the chief school administrator or the Director of Human Resources of such arrest or conviction, the chief school administrator or the Director of Human Resources will require the school employee to submit to a current Section 111 background check. Under these circumstances, the background check shall be at the expense of the employing entity.
 
Finally, under Section 2070.9(a) of the Professional Educator Discipline Act, the chief school administrator or Director of Human Resources is required to report to the Professional Standards and Practices Commission (PSPC) all instances of employees reporting an arrest or conviction noted on PDE-6004 Arrest and Conviction Form.