Clearance Requirements For Employees & Substitutes

Clearance Requirements for Employees
Clearance Requirements for Substitutes

Act 153 of 2015 amended the Child Protective Services Law and state-wide mandates that went into effect December 31, 2014.  All school employees, contractors and volunteers are required to obtain new clearances (child abuse background checks and state and federal criminal history checks) every 60 months.

1.  PA Child Abuse Clearance may be done on-line or by submitting a paper application.  Abuse History Clearance can be submitted and paid for online through the Child Welfare Information Solution (CWIS) self-service portal, https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home. 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.  Paper application:  To obtain the form, click on the following link:  http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/form/s_001762.pdf
 or contact Human Resources at the District Office for the printed form, if you do not have access to the internet.

2.  PA Criminal Background Clearance:  Below is the link to the Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check form (SP4-164):  http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/form/s_001762.pdf
Applicants can also go to the Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History website and apply for their criminal record check online with the Pennsylvania State Police at: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
The PA Criminal Background clearance form may also be obtained from Human Resources at the District Office.

3.  FBI Criminal Background Clearance:  For information on the multi-step process, and locations for fingerprinting, visit:  https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_pdeNew.htm
A printed copy of the instructions and locations can also be obtained from Human Resources at the District Office.