Attention all TEMS Volunteers
In the spirit of keeping our children safer, Pennsylvania now requires most school volunteers to have background clearances in order to volunteer in all T/E schools starting July 1st. Clearances are good for 36 months.
Volunteers will need background clearances if they will be involved directly with the care, supervision, guidance, or control of children, or will have routine interaction with children while in a District school or on District grounds.
Your TEMS PTO depends on our volunteers.
Please get your volunteer clearance NOW!!!
Please follow these steps to get your clearance:
Step 1 -- The Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check can be done either online or by mail. The online results are available right away. To complete the process online, go to https://epatch.state.pa.us and click on “Submit a New Record Check.” A credit card is required for the processing fee of $10.00. At the end of the process, you will need to print two copies of the certification form. You must click on “Certification Form” in order to pull up the correct form to print. Please keep a copy of your Criminal Record Check for your personal records.
Step 2 -- The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151) application can be submitted online and costs $10. Once you enter the link you will be directed to the Child Welfare Portal where you must create an account or log in if you already have an account. Click here to submit the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home.
Step 3 for Volunteers who have lived in Pennsylvania for the entirety of the previous ten-year period and who affirm in writing that they have not been convicted of a similar offense in another jurisdiction will only need to obtain the two clearances listed above. This form, to be submitted, can be found here.
Step 3 for Volunteers who have lived in Pennsylvania for less than ten years will need to obtain the two clearances listed above (Step 1 and Step 2) and will also need to obtain The Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114) clearance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which requires the applicant to be fingerprinted, at a cost of $28.50. When you get onto the website, click on “Register Online” then click on the “teachers” box. https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_pdeNew.htm
Once you receive the results of the background checks, you may bring the information to the TESD Personnel Office, email at copy to firstname.lastname@example.org or via U.S. Mail:
T/E School District Attn: Jeanne Pocalyko 940 West Valley Road Suite 1700 Wayne, PA 19087
If you have any questions, please see the T/E School District website.
Or email Anita Borger, TEMS PTO President
Thank you for your continued support of our TEMS PTO!!