Muhlenberg School District is pleased you are considering volunteering your time to assist the staff and students of the district.
Under Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law, all prospective volunteers must submit clearances prior to the commencement of service by giving them to the office of the building you are volunteering in or Ivana Schlott at the Muhlenberg Administration Office, 801 Bellevue Avenue, Reading, PA 19605. All volunteers are required to obtain clearances (PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Request for Criminal History Record Check, and Federal Criminal History Record or Act 153 Volunteer Affidavit) every sixty (60) months in order to continue as a volunteer. Clearances are renewable from the date of the oldest clearance rather than the most recent date. PLEASE NOTE: clearances obtained for volunteer purposes MAY NOT be used for employment. The instructions on obtaining your required clearances are below:
Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance – Act 151 ($13.00 – fees for volunteers are waived one time within a five-year period)
The fastest way to process this clearance is to log onto www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis. Applicants who are volunteers should select Volunteer as the purpose for their certification application.
If you do not have access to a computer, you should complete and mail the “Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Certification” form to the Childline and Abuse Registry at the address listed on the form and make sure you choose Volunteer as the purpose. (Please note that requesting this clearance by mail may result in a delay of up to eight weeks. Therefore, it is recommended that you utilize the online request process.) To expedite your paper application processing, you are encouraged to take your completed form to State Senator Judy Schwank’s office at 210 George Street, Muhlenberg Township, Reading 19605 (610‐929‐2151).
You may download and print the form here:
Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal History Record Check – Act 34 ($22.00 - fees for volunteers are waived one time within a five-year period)
The fastest way to process this clearance is to log onto https://epatch.state.pa.us and use the link New Record Check (Volunteers Only). In most cases, you should receive instantaneous results if no record exists.
If you do not have access to a computer, you should complete and mail the “Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check” form to the Pennsylvania State Police at the address listed on the form. (Please note that requesting this clearance by mail may result in a delay of up to eight weeks.)
You may download and print the form here: Download the Criminal History Request Form: Volunteer Only- SP4-164A (Updated 12/2017)
Act 153 Volunteer Affidavit – Volunteers who are not required to obtain the FBI clearance because: they are applying for an unpaid position and have been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years can complete the Affidavit for Volunteers by clicking the link below.
Federal Criminal History Record – Act 114 ($22.60 - fees for volunteers are waived one time within a five-year period)
All volunteers for public schools are required to obtain a Federal Criminal History Record if the volunteer has lived outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years. The fastest way is to register online at https://uenroll.identogo.com. Applicants who are volunteers for public schools should select PA Department of Education, PDE Volunteer and enter the service code 1KG6Y3. Once registered, you must go to a designated facility to go through the FBI fingerprinting process to obtain this report. For details on this process, visit the Berks County Intermediate Unit site by clicking here.
Documents may also be found on the Keeping Kids Safe website at http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov.