EPSD Personnel Department

East Penn School District

Clearances for Employment Information Sheet

In order to be offered employment with the East Penn School District, there are three clearances that must be obtained, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), a Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check (Act 34), and a FBI Federal Criminal History Check (Act 114). Submitted clearances must be less than one year old.

The Child Abuse History Clearance form must be completed and mailed with a money order for $10.00 made payable to the Department of Public Welfare. The form can be obtained at http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/form/s_001762.pdf. Check the box marked “School” as the reason for the request. Do not send cash or a personal check. This clearance takes approximately 2 -3 weeks and the results are mailed to your home. You are responsible for bringing the clearance to the Personnel office so that a copy can be made for our records.

The Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check can be done either online or by mail. The online results are available almost immediately, while if you choose to mail the form, it could take up to 8 weeks for the results to be returned to you. To complete the process online, go to https://epatch.state.pa.us and click on “Submit a New Record Check” and follow the instructions. A credit card is required for the processing fee of $10.00. At the end of the process, you will need to print the certification form and bring it to the Personnel Office so a copy can be made for your records. If you choose the mail-in process, you must submit the completed form with a money order for $10.00 payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the results will be mailed to your home. You are responsible for bringing the clearance to the Personnel office so that a copy can be made for your records.

The Federal Criminal History Record requires individuals to have fingerprints done digitally at a registered fingerprinting site. You must first register for the process. This can be done either online at www.pa.cogentid.com and selecting the Pennsylvania Department of Education button or by phone at 1-888-439-2486 (M-F, 8A-6P) prior to going to the fingerprinting site. There is a $28.75 fee for this clearance. There is an optional $2.50 charge to receive an unofficial copy mailed to your home. Payment may be made online at the time of registration using a debit or credit card. Payment may also be made with a Money Order or Cashiers Check at the fingerprint location. Money Orders and Cashiers Checks must be made out to COGENT SYSTEMS. NO CASH, PERSONAL CHECKS and NO ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS for background checks will be accepted at the fingerprint sites. Once you have registered, proceed to an approved fingerprinting site to be digitally fingerprinted. A list of approved locations is available on the Cogent website. You will receive a Registration Number. This number must be provided to the Personnel office so your results can be retrieved.