What clearances are volunteers required to obtain and where do I get them?

All MaST Community Charter School volunteers must obtain and submit the following clearances/completed forms:

  • Report of Criminal History from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP)
    1. Required by all volunteers.
    2. Go HERE to complete your PA Criminal Record Check online.
    3. The report will be instantly available to you to print/save electronically.
    4. Beginning July 25, 2015, the fee is waived for all volunteers requesting this clearance.
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance

    1. Required by all volunteers.
    2. Go HERE to complete your PA Child Abuse History Clearance online.
    3. The report will be mailed and emailed to you to print/save electronically. This is usually available within 48 hours of completing the request form, but it may take up to 14 days to process.
    4. Beginning July 25, 2015, the fee is waived for all volunteers requesting this clearance.
  • FBI Federal Criminal History Record Check (fingerprinting) or MaST Community Charter School Volunteer Affirmation

    1. One of these two items is required by all volunteers (exemptions from the FBI Federal Criminal History Record Check are possible and described in greater detail under bullet “5”).
    2. This is a 2-step process.
      1. Step 1: Click HERE to register and pay online
      2. Step 2: Go to a fingerprinting site (locations available on the website) to have your fingerprints submitted electronically. Some places require appointments while others do not.
    3. The clearance will be mailed to you within three weeks.
    4. Applicant background checks cost $27.
    5. Volunteers are exempt from needing to complete the FBI Federal Criminal History Record Check (fingerprinting) if they:
      1. Have resided within Pennsylvania consecutively for the past 10 years; AND
      2. Complete the MaST Community Charter School Volunteer Affidavit found by clicking HERE. (Please note that if completing this form, it must be brought to the front desk and signed in the presence of a school personnel witness).
    6. If you have not resided within Pennsylvania consecutively for the prior ten years or you do not (or cannot) swear and affirm in writing that you meet the criteria for volunteering in the MaST Community Charter School Volunteer Affidavit, you must submit a completed Report of Federal Criminal History.
  • Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form

    1. Complete the Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form found by click HERE.

Other Important Questions:

If I intend to volunteer, when do I need to submit clearances to the school?

All MaST Community Charter School volunteers will need to submit completed clearances/certifications prior to serving as a volunteer.

 

How recent do the clearances that I submit need to be?

The clearances you submit the first time must be from within the last calendar year.

 

How often must I update my clearances?

After the first time you submit your clearances, they must be updated within 60 months of the date on the document. When submitting or updating clearances, MaST Community Charter School requests that all paperwork (or electronic copies of paperwork) be submitted at the same time.

 

Once I receive clearances, to whom do I submit them?

Once you have received your updated clearances and paperwork, please provide copies to the Human Resources Department. Simply bring copies to the front desk or submit them electronically through our Volunteer Clearance Submission Form.

If completing the Volunteer Affidavit described above, a witness’s signature by a member of our school personnel is required. If submitting this document, you MUST sign this document at the front desk.

 

What happens if I am arrested for or convicted of an offense that would constitute grounds for denying further participation as a school volunteer after I submit my clearances?

The volunteer must provide MaST Community Charter School with written notice not later than 72 hours after the arrest, conviction, or notification that the volunteer has been listed as a perpetrator of child abuse in the statewide database.

 

MaST Community Charter School remains committed to the health, well-being, and safety of our students. We thank you for your cooperation with us in implementing requirements resulting from changes to the Child Protective Services Law.