The School District of Philadelphia requires background checks for all parents and community members volunteering in schools.
Volunteers must first obtain and submit to the school:
- Pennsylvania State Criminal Record Report – obtained online through PATCH
- Child Abuse Report – obtained online through PA Child Welfare Information Solution
- If you have lived in Pennsylvania for 10 years or more, you may sign a waiver stating that and avoid being fingerprinted. If you have lived in Pennsylvania for less than 10 years, you will need to obtain fingerprints from Cogent. There is a cost of around $25 for this.
All clearances are valid for 5 years. Please turn in copies of your clearances to the office as soon as you receive them.
As of now, volunteers without clearances will not be able to volunteer in the building until all of their clearances are updated.
Please submit your forms to Nurse Benjamin at the school or via email at email@example.com