Effective July 2015, all school volunteers must obtain the required clearances. A volunteer is any adult serving in an unpaid position in which they are individually responsible for the welfare of a child or have “direct contact with children.” 

 For those that wish to be a volunteer, you are required to submit a Pennsylvania Criminal History Record(Act 34), a Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151) and FBI Federal Criminal History Record to our main office. 

 1. The Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check can be done online. The online results are available almost immediately. To complete the process online, go to www.epatch.state.pa.us and click on “Submit a New Record Check” and follow the instructions. Beginning July 25, 2015, the cost is waived ($0.00). When indicating the purpose of the certification, please indicate “Volunteer”. At the end of the process, you must click on “Certification Form” in order to pull up the correct form to print. Please note, once you print out the “Certification Form”, you will be unable to print it again. 

 2. The Child Abuse History Clearance can be completed online. Requests for clearance statements (now called “certifications”) may be made online at www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS. Beginning July 25, 2015, the cost is waived ($0.00). When indicating the purpose of the certification, please indicate “Volunteer”. Upon signing on to this website, you will be asked to create a sign-on and for your Keystone ID# (this is an ID that you will create for yourself and retain for later use). The clearance will be either mailed or emailed to you based on your selection. 

3. The FBI Federal Criminal History Record requires individuals to have fingerprints done digitally at a registered fingerprinting site. You must first register for the process. This can be done either online atwww.pa.cogentid.com and selecting the Pennsylvania Department of Education button or by phone at 1(888) 439-2486 (M-F, 8A-6P) prior to going to the fingerprinting site. There is a $27.00 fee for this clearance that you are responsible for. Payment may be made online at the time of registration using a debit or credit card. Payment may also be made with a Money Order or Cashier’s Check at the fingerprint location. Money Orders and Cashier’s Checks must be made out to COGENT SYSTEMS. NO CASH, PERSONAL CHECKS and NO ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS for background checks will be accepted at the fingerprint sites. Once you have registered, proceed to an approved fingerprinting site to be digitally fingerprinted. A list of approved locations is available on the Cogent website. You will receive a Registration Number. This number must be provided to the Human Resources office so your results can be retrieved.