For Staff: The Pennsylvania Public School Code Section 1418. Medical Examinations of Teachers and Other Persons requires that "teachers, janitors, cooks and other cafeteria help and all others employed at schools have a pre-employment medical examination. The law does not allow modification of this section.
SCHOOL PERSONNEL HEALTH RECORD form (pdf)
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has changed to a new electronic fingerprinting vendor, IDEMIA, for Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history background checks.
IDEMIA, will begin processing FBI criminal history checks on November 28, 2017.
Fee: $23.85; All applicants will now receive an unofficial copy of their report. Fee is payable to IDEMIA.
The fingerprint-based background check is a multiple-step process, as follows:
- Registration- The applicant must register prior to going to the fingerprint site. Walk in service is allowed but all applicants are required to complete pre-enrollment in the new Universal Enrollment system. Pre-enrollment can be completed online or over the phone. The registration website is available online 24 hours/day, seven days per week at https://uenroll.identogo.com
- Telephonic registration is available at 1-844-321-2101 Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm EST. During the pre-enrollment process, all demographic data for the applicant is collected (name, address, etc.) along with notices about identification requirements and other important information.
Service Name: School Districts. Access Code: 1KG6XN
Clearances for NEW EMPLOYEES must have been completed within one year from date of hire.
Important: A VOLUNTEER fingerprint report will not serve for employment purposes and you will need to be reprinted upon hire.
Act 126 Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Act
Section 1205.6. Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training.--(a) School entities and independent contractors of school entities shall provide their employes who have direct contact with children with mandatory training on child abuse recognition and reporting.
All DASD employees, including substitutes, are required to show proof of completion of this Course.
Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 126 Approved Act 48 Course List > Act 126 Approved Act 48 Course List
This training provider offers a FREE online course:
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center
Length of Course: 3 hrs.
Course Delivery Type: Online
Cost of Course: Free
Signs of Child Abuse covered: Yes
Law Provisions for Child Abuse Training: Yes
PA CHILD ABUSE CRIMINAL HISTORY CLEARANCE:Beginning December 31, 2014, the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance can be submitted and paid for online through the Child Welfare Information Solution (CWIS) self-service portal, www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis. Submitting an application online allows individual applicants to receive their results through an automated system that will notify the applicant once their results have been processed. Applicants will be able to view and print their results online. The self-service portal also provides the ability for organizations to create business accounts to prepay for child abuse clearances and have online access to the results.Clearance Statements:As of Dec. 31, 2014, requests for clearance statements (now called "certifications") may be made online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS at a cost of $13.Paper submissions of the clearance statement request form (CY113 Form) may be accessed via the Department of Human Services (DHS) website and mailed tothe ChildLine and Abuse Registry,Pennsylvania Department of Human Services,P.O. Box 8170,Harrisburg, PA 17105-8170.Clearances for NEW EMPLOYEES must have been completed within one year from date of hire. It must show EMPLOYMENT (not volunteer) as the purpose of the report.___________________________________________________________________________
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure ReleasePursuant to Act 169 of 2014This standardized form has been developed by the PA Department of Education, pursuant to Act 168 of 2014, to be used by school entities and independent contractors of school entities and by applicants who would be employed by or in a school entity in a position involving direct contact with children to satisfy the Act's requirement of providing information related to abuse or sexual misconduct.A school entity or independent contractor may not hire an applicant who does not provide the required information for a position involving direct contact with children.The completed form and any information or records received shall not be considered public records for the purposes of the act of February 14, 2008 (P.L. 6, No. 3) know as the "Right to Know Law."⇒ APPLICANTS SHOULD COMPLETE PAGE 2 AND THE TOP OF PAGE 3 ALONG WITH SIGNATURE & DATE.
Developed by the PA Department of Education this form was developed for written reporting by current and prospective employees of any arrest or conviction under 24 P.S. §1-111.
As required by subsection (c.4) and (j)(2) of 24 P.S. §1-111, this form shall be completed and submitted by all current and prospective employees of said institutions to provide written reporting of any arrest or conviction for an offense enumerated under 24 P.S. §§1-111(e) and (f.1) and to provide notification of having been named as a perpetrator of a founded report of child abuse within the past five (5) years as defined by the Child Protective Services Law.
PA STATE POLICE CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK:Pennsylvania School Law requires that all applicants for employment in public and private schools, employees of independent contractors seeking business with public and private schools, and student teacher candidates undergo background checks if they will have direct contact with students.
The following three background checks are required:
- Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance
- Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check
- Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI)
Find information about obtaining clearances, associated laws and regulations, answers to frequently asked questions, and additional resources below. In addition, consider reviewing 24 P.S. §1-111, as amended, and the Child Protective Services Law concerning background checks, for more information.Click here to access PATCH-Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History Web Site: Act 34 Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record CheckClearances for NEW EMPLOYEES must have been completed within one year from DATE OF HIRE. It must show EMPLOYMENT (not volunteer) as the purpose of the report.________________________________________________________________________
STANDARD APPLICATION FOR TEACHING POSITIONS IN PENNSYLVANIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Act 107 of 1996 (24 P.S. §12-1204.1) requires that a standard employment application be used by public school districts in Pennsylvania.