If you are looking to volunteer within our district, carefully read the Pennsylvania legislative requirements for all adults volunteering with children. While you must now obtain both the Act 34 (PA Criminal History) and Act 151 (Child Abuse History) clearances, the state is waiving the cost.
In addition, a federal criminal history clearance (FBI/Fingerprinting) is required ONLY if you have lived outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years. Volunteers who have been a continuous resident of PA for the past 10 years must swear or affirm in writing of their residency and that they have not been convicted of an offense. Print and complete the FBI/Fingerprinting Waiver at the bottom of this page if you have been a continuous PA resident for the past 10 years.
Another feature of this legislation is that, beginning July 1, 2015, all volunteers are required to obtain clearances every sixty (60) months or 5 Years.
It is the responsibility of the volunteers to monitor the dates of expiration and to supply updated clearances as needed. However, the school building will track the expiration date, and you will not be able to volunteer if your clearance(s) has expired.
Websites for applying for clearances:
Act 34 PA State Criminal History Clearance https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
Act 151 Child Abuse Clearance https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
Act 114 – Fingerprint Criminal Background Clearance
Create a login with IdentoGO and use the following service code when prompted: 1KG6ZJ
Tip: You can register as a walk-in at any site and then take your completed registration as a walk-in to the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit IU #7.
YOU ONLY NEED THIS CLEARANCE IF YOU LIVED OUTSIDE PA DURING THE LAST 10 YEARS.
Act 126 Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training: Must be renewed every five (5) years.
Act 126 - Mandated Reporter/Child Abuse Training for 3 hours - see options below:
- University of Pittsburgh FREE online training at www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu
- Ed Training Center at Frontline Education