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Volunteers & Required Clearances

Volunteer Clearances 

Volunteer

Thank you for volunteering. We are grateful for each parent and community member who contributes to the success of our students.  

The Child Protective Services Law requires background checks for volunteers in schools. The Upper St. Clair School District Human Resources Department manages the volunteer clearance process for the district. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Clearances are processed by outside agencies and it will take time for them to be completed. Prospective volunteers are encouraged to complete the process as soon as possible.  

If you have any questions or concerns about volunteer clearances, please contact:


Steps to become a volunteer:

1.  Obtain the following required clearances:

    1. PA Criminal Record Check (Act 34), FREE
      Follow the instructions through to the Certification Page. Once the search results table appears, click on the Control Number. Click on the Certification Page to access, save and print your official Clearance.
    2. PA Child Abuse History (Act 151), FREE 
      Creating an account and submitting your clearance application online will give you immediate access to your results or the status of your results if your results cannot be processed immediately.
    3. If applicable, FBI Criminal History (Act 114), $21.35; Individuals who have resided in Pennsylvania for the past 10 consecutive years DO NOT need to obtain this clearance.  
      Once on the IndentoGO website, select Schedule or Manage Appointment, where you will complete the online form to begin processing your clearance. During this process, you will have the opportunity to locate and make an appointment at a fingerprinting service center. Be sure to bring all required documentation to your appointment.

2.  Download and complete the Volunteer Disclosure StatementThis document must be signed, dated and witnessed. It does NOT need to be notarized. As stated on the disclosure statement, you are required to notify the district, in writing within 72 hours if you are arrested for or convicted of an offense that would constitute grounds for denying participation as a volunteer, or you are named as a perpetrator in a child abuse report. Willful failure to do so has criminal implications and may jeopardize your ability to volunteer within the district. Please notify Mrs. Amy Pfender, director of student support services, at apfender@uscsd.k12.pa.us or 412-833-1600 ext. 2062.

3.  After completing Steps 1 and 2, submit requested information via the following online form:  Volunteer Clearance Verification Form. Upon completing Step 3, you will receive a confirmation email.  

4.  Print two (2) copies of each required document: one for your records and one to submit to the Upper St. Clair School District.

5.  Place district copies in a sealed envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER CLEARANCES”.  This packet may be submitted one of two ways:  

    1. Hand deliver to the DROP OFF BOX at the school district’s Central Office
    2. Send via U.S. mail to the following address:  

Upper St. Clair School District Central Office
Attn:  Confidential Volunteer Clearances
1820 McLaughlin Run Road
Upper St. Clair, PA  15241

Please note that clearances may NOT be submitted via email.

6.  Clearance documents will be reviewed by Human Resources personnel. Please note that individuals are NOT approved to volunteer until they have been contacted by a district representative.  

7.  You will be contacted via email once this review process is complete (approximately five business days).