Deer Lakes

School District

Volunteer Page

Volunteer Page

Volunteer Clearances
The District strongly supports the involvement of parent/guardian and community volunteers. State law now requires that any volunteer who has direct contact with students to have necessary clearances on file with the District.

What forms are necessary?
The District requires the following clearances:

Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151)
Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check (Act 34)
FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114)
Volunteers who have resided in Pennsylvania for ALL of the past ten years may request a waiver of the FBI Fingerprint Clearance. Click here to learn more.
In addition, the following form must be signed and submitted:

Acknowledgement of Volunteer Obligations - required for all those submitting clearances. Download a copy below.
Acquiring the clearance documents takes time and we recommend that parents planning on volunteering in the schools complete the process as soon as possible. The documents will remain on file with the District for FIVE years at which time new clearances will be necessary.

How do I get my clearances?
The table below provides details on the process including costs and timelines. When you are ready to begin, click the links at the bottom of each column to begin the online registration. You may also click here for an overview from the Dept of Human Services (For FBI fingerprint link from this site, please make sure that you scroll down the page under the FBI FEDERAL BACKGROUND CHECK INSTRUCTIONS and click on link in the paragraph that begins "*The Department of Education".

PA Criminal Record Check PA Child Abuse History Clearance Federal (FBI) Criminal History Record Check
Cost $10 $10 $27.00
Form of Payment Accepted Credit card (if submitting online) Credit card (if submitting online) Online with credit card, money order or cashier's check
Expected time for results Usually within 2 weeks (could be sooner) Usually within 2 weeks Usually within 2 weeks
Electronic submission Yes Yes Yes
Manner in which results will be received Online with paper copy Online with paper copy Mailed to your home
Is this a one-step process? YES YES No. You must first register for an ID, then you must get finger-printed at an approved location
Link to Begin Get Started Get Started Get Started
What is the Acknowledgement of Volunteer Obligations?
The new state law also requires volunteers to notify the District within 72 hours if they are arrested or convicted of a Disqualifying Offense. To ensure that all volunteers are aware of this requirement, you will be required to sign and submit a copy of the Acknowledgment of Volunteer Obligations when you submit your clearances at the District offices.

Download "Acknowledgement of Volunteer Obligations" Form

What should I do with the paperwork once it arrives?
Only after you get all three clearances back (or two plus the signed waiver), take the originals to the building in which you are volunteering during normal office hours along with a signed copy of the Acknowledgement of Volunteer Obligations. If you are volunteering in multiple buildings please submit them the office at each. The administrative staff will review your clearances and will make a copy to keep in the District files. The originals will be returned to you. Thereafter, your name will be added to a central database of volunteers who have submitted clearances.

If you have additional questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Fingerprint Waiver
Click here for more information.