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Frequently Asked Questions

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has provided the following FAQ document to assist in understanding Volunteers and Clearances.

PA Department of Human Services - Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

Required Clearances (Act 24, 34, 114, 151)

In accordance with School Board Policy #916, all school volunteers are required to obtain the following clearances:

  • Pennsylvania State Criminal Background (Act 34),
  • Child Abuse (Act 151), and
  • Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114, Fingerprinting).

Be sure to keep your original clearances in a safe place. The District will request originals, not copies.

In addition, Act 24 of 2011 requires disclosure of any prior arrests or convictions to a school district.

Obtaining Clearances

ACT 24 - Arrest or Conviction Form

ACT 34 - PA Criminal History Record

ACT 151 - PA Child Abuse History Clearance

ACT 114 - FBI Fingerprinting

  • If you have been a resident of PA for the past 10 years (continuously), you may submit a Volunteer Clearance Exception waiver form.
  • If you are unable to use the Volunteer Clearance Exception form, be sure to follow these instruction for the Act 114 Clearance:
    • Log onto Cogent Website:
    • Choose Department of Education
    • Choose Register on Line
    • Complete the registration form and print (you will need the registration id # to have your fingerprints taken and viewed)
    • Take your registration id # to the Cogent location of your choice. (The nearest to the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District is ARIN Intermediate Unit #28.)

Keep your receipt. You will receive an official letter from Cogent in the mail. This letter is the clearance you will turn in with your clearances.