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Background Checks / Clearances

Pennsylvania Act 153 of 2014 helps to ensure that any adults who come into contact with children, either paid employees or unpaid volunteers, complete a comprehensive and regularly updated criminal and child abuse background check.
 
CLEARANCE INFORMATION
 
ACT 34 CLEARANCE (PA Criminal Background Check)
Must be renewed every five (5) years.
 
ACT 151 CLEARANCE (PA Child Abuse History)
Must be renewed every five (5) years.
 
ACT 114 CLEARANCE (Federal Criminal History Background Check)
Must be renewed every five (5) years.
 
SERVICE CODE: 1KG6XN
*The above Service Code is for Employees per the PA Department of Education. There is a service code for VOLUNTEERS, however the fee for a volunteer FBI clearance is $1.00 less than the fee to obtain the same clearance for employment purposes. If you obtain a volunteer FBI background check, you are NOT able to use it for employment purposes and will have to pay for another background check should the need arise. Therefore, it is recommended to use the Employee Service Code.
 
ACT 126 TRAINING (THERE ARE TWO PARTS TO THIS TRAINING; BOTH ARE MANDATORY)
Must be renewed every five (5) years.
 
Part I: Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training - University of Pittsburgh (FREE)
Part II: Professional Ethics and Educator Discipline Act - Act 126 Part II Training (FREE)
 
ACT 24 FORM (PDE-6004: Self-Reporting Arrest/Conviction Form)
 
SCHOOL PERSONNEL HEALTH RECORD (Including Tuberculosis Test less than 1 Year Old)
Required for School Personnel who provide direct services to students on behalf of a school, including but not limited to teachers, nurses, administrators, custodians, janitors, cooks, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, librarians, psychologists, counselors, and student teachers and volunteers.
 
ACT 168 FORM (Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Release)
For new hires only, a Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Release Form must be filled out and returned to the Administration Offices for:
(1) Current Employer, regardless of whether the employer is a school entity and/or whether the applicant is employed in a position that involves direct contact with children;
(2) All former employers that were school entities (regardless of job title); and
(3) All former employers where the applicant was employed in a position that involved direct contact with children.
 
 
Employee Type Act 34 Act 151 Act 114 (FBI) Act 24 Act 126 Act 168 (New Hires)
Full / Part-Time Staff Needed Needed Needed Needed Needed Needed
Athletic / Extracurricular Staff Needed Needed Needed Needed Needed Needed
Contracted Services Needed Needed Needed Needed Needed Needed
Position Volunteer* Needed (FREE) Needed (FREE) Needed**      
Guest Volunteer* Needed (FREE) Needed (FREE) Needed**      
 
*For more information on Volunteering within the Richland School District, please visit our Volunteer Information page.
**Per Act 15, FBI (Fingerprint/Federal Criminal History) is NOT required if: 1) the volunteer has been a resident of the Commonwealth of PA during the entirety of the previous ten (10) year period (waiver form required); or 2) if not a resident of the Commonwealth of PA - during the entirety of the previous ten (10) year period, but has received a FBI clearance/certification at any time since establishing a residency in the Commonwealth of PA and provides a copy of the clearance/certification.