The Pennsylvania General Assembly has made significant amendments to the Child Protective Services Law. Under the new Act 15 (formerly Act 153) of the Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law, all current school district employees, volunteers and contractors must obtain the following clearance and background checks every 60 months (five years):
- PA Criminal Background Check
- PA Child Abuse History Clearance
- FBI Fingerprinting (federal background check)
Timeline for Background Check Renewal
On July 1, 2015, the Pennsylvania legislature passed Act 15, which amends the Child Protective Services Law and clarifies some changes made through Act 153. The most significant change to the Child Protective Services Law is that employees of school districts must renew their clearances every 60 months (five years), not every 36 months (three years).
The school district has updated the renewal process to comply with the change in law by placing employees into annual renewal cycles based on hire year. For each upcoming cycle, employees will be required to renew by December 31 of the year prior to clearance expiration to ensure compliance for the full 60 month period. A notice will be sent via email to employees with specific information on their upcoming renewal period.
Please click here to view a table that will assist in determining when your clearances are due.
Failure to comply with this State of Pennsylvania mandated requirement could result in disciplinary action or your inability to remain in an active employee status.
Act 15: New Background Check Requirements
How do I get my background checks?
|How to Access||Fee||Summary||For Assistance|
|Child Abuse Clearance||https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home||$8||
|Pennsylvania Criminal History||https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp||$8||
|FBI Fingerprinting||www.pa.cogentid.com||$27||Applying for FBI fingerprinting clearance is a multi-step process: