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​​General Requirements

The Act requires that all of the following individuals who will have direct contact with children (as defined in 22 P​a. Code § 8.1) provide to their prospective employer a copy of their Federal Criminal History Record, PA State Police Report and DPW Child Abuse Report that cannot be more than five (5) years old at the time of hire.

  • Student teachers (participating in classroom teaching, internships, clinical or field experience),
  • Prospective employees of public and private schools, Intermediate Units and Area Vocational-Technical Schools (including, but not limited to: administrators, teachers, substitutes, custodians, cafeteria workers and office employees), and
  • Independent contractors and their employees (including, but not limited to: bus drivers, PIAA Sports Officials, and construction workers).

Prospective employees/student teacher candidates/contractors and their employees, hereafter referred to collectively as applicant, are to submit with their employment application State and Federal criminal history reports (for the Federal Criminal History Report the applicant is to submit their Universal Enrollment ID (UEID) or a copy of the completed form/request. Criminal history reports (results of background checks) shall be no more than five years old at the time of hire.

Administrators shall require each applicant to produce the original criminal history reports prior to employment or follow appropriate procedures to employ applicants on a provisional basis, until the report is received and reviewed. Student teacher candidates are to submit their criminal history reports to the administrator of the educator preparation program prior to participation in any classroom teaching, internship, or clinical or field experience.

Provided all conditions listed in the Law are met, when the applicant provides a copy of the completed UE form to the administrator, the administrator may employ applicants on a provisional basis for a single period not to exceed 90 days (see the PROVISIONAL HIRE section)

An administrator or other person responsible for employment decisions in a school or other institution under this section who willfully fails to comply with the provisions of this section commits a violation of this Act and shall be subject to civil penalty. A civil penalty shall not exceed $2,500. Procedures that will be followed by staff of the School Services Unit when investigating alleged violations of 24 PS 1-1​11 are contained in Basic Education Circular 24 PS 1-111 Violations of Background Checks.