Clearances for School Employment
In 2015 new clearance requirements go into effect requiring clearances be updated every 60 months. Additionally, a break in service from employment would require updated clearances (for example a substitute that is no longer able to sub then wants back on the sub list constitutes a break in service from employment).When obtaining clearances for employment with the Intermediate Unit or school district the purpose is "School Employment." Frequently asked questions regarding the required clearances for school employment and the forms may be found through the PA Department of Education website.Act 168
Act 168 of 2014 requires completion of the Act 168 Commonwealth of PA Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Release. Please click here to download the form and submit with application. Please review the instructions included with the form as you may need to complete multiple forms. Your form(s) should be returned to Appalachia IU 8 with your application materials.
Act 24 contains a number of changes to Section 111 of the School Code. School employees will be required to report to the School Administrator within seventy-two (72) hours any arrest or conviction of an offense listed in Section 111(e) that occurs after September 28, 2011.
Click this link to obtain the PDE 6004 form for arrests and convictions.
Act 34 Criminal Record Clearance
Act 34 clearances may be submitted using the paper form or completed on-line using the PATCH system. The paper form and electronic information can be found on the ePatch System (submit a new record check).
Act 151 Child Abuse History Clearance
Act 151 clearances are processed through the PA Department of Human Services. This clearance may be submitted on-line or by paper form.
To apply for this clearance on-line you must create and account (or log-in if you have one) on the following website:
https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS/Public/Home (create individual account)
Applicants MUST register with Cogent prior to going to a fingerprinting site. Registration can be completed either on the phone or online. When registering select the PA Department of Education (PDE) option.
The Website to register is www.pa.cogentid.com (Act 114) and is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week (be sure to select Department of Education, then Register Online).
Applicants may receive a confirmation number.
THE FEE CHARGED FOR FEDERAL (FBI) CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS WILL BE $24.25. (All applicants will now receive an unofficial copy of their report.)
The fee for the FBI clearance can be made online with a credit card or by bringing a Money Order/Cashiers Check payable to “Cogent Systems” to the Fingerprinting site. No cash or personal checks will be accepted.