How to Obtain Volunteer Clearances

All volunteers who work in schools need to obtain security clearance from the State of Pennsylvania.  Don’t worry–it’s not hard to do!  ***It’s important to keep copies of documents for your own files.***
  1. Step One–Complete the State Police Criminal Record Check Request Form:  https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp  Use this link to complete this online, and you will get your results almost instantly.  Print out copies of the results – one for your own files and one to send in with your Child Abuse Clearance form.
  2. Step Two–Complete the PA Department of Public Welfare, Child Abuse History Clearance:  https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
  3. Step Three–Bring Child Abuse History Clearance to the Cook-Wissahickon so that a photocopy can be kept on file.