Smethport Area School District
The SMETHPORT AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT is accepting applications for SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS. Send a letter of interest, resume, a PA standard teaching application, clearances which include those listed below Act 34 - PA State Police; Act 114 - FBI Fingerprint; Act 151 PA Child Abuse History Clearance, certification or emergency certification paperwork, transcripts, and references to Mr. David E. London, Superintendent of Schools, Smethport Area School District, 414 South Mechanic Street, Smethport, PA 16749. EOE
The SMETHPORT AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT is accepting applications for SUBSTITUTE TEACHER'S AIDE, SUBSTITUTE CUSTODIANS and SUBSTITUTE CAFETERIA WORKERS. Send a letter of interest, resume, non-teaching application, clearances which include Act 34 - PA State Police; Act 114 - FBI Fingerprint; Act 151 PA Child Abuse History Clearance, and references to Mr. David E. London, Superintendent of Schools, Smethport Area School District, 414 South Mechanic Street, Smethport, PA 16749. EOE
CHECK LIST FOR APPLYING AT SASD:
- Teaching Application (for teachers or substitute teachers only) or Non-Teaching Application (for support staff, paraprofessionals, aides, cafeteria, or custodians)
- Letter of Interest
- Clearances (must be less than one (1) year old)
- Act 34 - PA State Police Criminal Record Check
- Act 114 - FBI Fingerprint
- Act 151 - PA Child Abuse History Clearance
- Act 24 - PDE 6004 form - Click Here for Form
- Act 31 / 126 - Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse (online 3 hr training)
- Act 168 - Sexual Misconduct / Abuse Disclosure - must be completed by your current employer and any past employers that you worked with children
Standard Application for Teaching Positions in Pennsylvania Public Schools
SMETHPORT AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT NON-TEACHING APPLICATION
- Application for Teacher's Aide, Paraprofessionals, Support Staff, Clerical, Cafeteria, and Custodial
NON-PAID VOLUNTEERS & COACHES
If you are a NON-PAID VOLUNTEER, please complete the affidavit. This affidavit is in place of the FBI Fingerprint (Act 114) Certificate. You must still complete the PA State Police Criminal Record Check (Act 34) and PA Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151) certificates to continue your volunteer work with the Smethport Area School District. This MUST be completed and turned into the Superintendent's Office prior to any volunteer work. You may not start your duties, as a volunteer, until all forms are completed and turned in.
- When applying for a non-paid volunteer, please be sure when completing your clearances (Act 34 & Act 114) you specify they are for VOLUNTEERING. By doing so, you will not be charged for these clearances. HOWEVER, you can not get a "PAID" position with the VOLUNTEER clearances. You will need to redo and pay for them if you are going into a paid position with SASD.
Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Release (Pursuant to Act 168 of 2014)
What is the requirement?
- A Hiring School Entity MUST require an applicant for any position in which there is direct contact with children to complete Section of the Commonwealth of PA Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Release Form for all employers that fall within the following categories for Applicant:
- Applicant's Current Employer (regardless of whether it's a school entity/involves direct contact with children)
- Applicant's Former Employers that were School Entities
- Applicant's Former Employers where the applicant was employed in a position where (s)he had direct contact with children
The Hiring Entity (Smethport Area School District) may not hire any applicant for a position in which (s)he will have direct contact with children until the School Entity has complied with the process outline in Act 168.
Act 168/Employment History Review requirements do NOT apply to student teacher or volunteer positions.
- Perspective applicant's must download and complete:
- the Current or Former Employer information
- Section 1
- Sign and Date
- Have Current or Former Employer return form to the Smethport Area School District
UPDATED CERTIFICATE (CLEARANCE) INFORMATION
The information below is related to Background Checks/Certificates for:
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check (Act 34) ~ $22.00 fee
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151) ~ $13.00 fee
- Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Criminal Background Checks (Act 114) ~ $23.85 fee (This is paid at fingerprint site. They only accept credit card, business check, or money orders.)
Please note that the fee varies depending on which agency you register under.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK (Act 34) INSTRUCTIONS
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION ~$22.00
Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History to apply for their criminal record check online with the Pennsylvania State Police.
Link to the Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check form (SP4-164)
If you have questions about the Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Checks form (SP4 164), please call: (717) 783-9973 or toll free 1-888-783-7972.
PENNSYLVANIA CHILD ABUSE HISTORY CLEARANCE (Act 151) INSTRUCTIONS
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION ~ $13.00
Act 151 - Child Abuse History Clearance Online ~Requires you to create a Keystone ID
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.
Organizations who want to set up business accounts must first register for a Business Partner User account using the “Organization Account Access” link on the Child Welfare Portal. Organization accounts will allow businesses and organizations to purchase child abuse history clearance payment codes and distribute those codes to applicants. When an applicant uses a code given to them by an organization, the organization will have access to the applicant’s child abuse history clearance results once those results are processed.
Paper submissions of the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application will still be accepted for anyone who may not have access to the internet. Submit paper applications to:
- ChildLine and Abuse Registry
- Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
- PO Box 8170
- Harrisburg, PA 17105-8170
1. The instructions for how to complete the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application are now included on the last page of the application and can be printed for easy reference when completing the application. Failure to comply with the instructions that are attached to the application will cause considerable delay in processing the results.
2. Applicants can now type their information directly onto the application or the information can be hand written onto the application.
3. If the information is typed directly onto the application, the information will NOT be able to be saved on a computer unless the computer has a licensed version of the acrobat adobe software. Therefore, please be sure to print the completed application before closing the document so that the information typed on the application is not lost.
4. If you have trouble accessing the application you may need to download the latest version of Adobe Reader, which is available free on the internet.
NOTE: ALL information that has been entered directly onto the application will be lost if you close the application prior to printing it (if your computer does not have a licensed version of the Acrobat Adobe software).
Once the application is received in the ChildLine and Abuse Registry’s Verification Unit, the results of the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance will be mailed to the applicant’s address that was noted on the application within 14 days from the date that the application is received in the ChildLine Verification Unit.
CY113 form – English Child Abuse Clearance
CY113 form - Spanish Child Abuse Clearance
For questions related to the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, please contact the ChildLine Verification Unit at 717-783-6211 or toll-free at 1-877-371-5422.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK (Act 114) INSTRUCTIONS
- $23.85 fee (This is paid at fingerprint site. They only accept credit card, business check, or money orders.)
- Please use the step by step instructions below to assist with the completion process.
FBI Background Check (Act 114)
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has changed to a new electronic fingerprinting vendor, IDEMIA, for Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history background checks.
IDEMIA, will begin processing FBI criminal history checks on November 28, 2017. The IU9 will be accepting applicants on 11/30/17.
Federal Criminal History Background Checks required by Act 114 of 2006, 24 PS 1-111 as amended (Act 61 of 2008)
Fee: $22.60; All applicants will now receive an unofficial copy of their report. Fee is payable to IDEMIA.
Please note that the fee varies depending on which agency you register under.
The fingerprint-based background check is a multiple-step process, as follows:
1. Registration - The applicant must register prior to going to the fingerprint site. Walk in service is allowed but all applicants are required to complete pre-enrollment in the new Universal Enrollment system. Pre-enrollment can be completed online or over the phone. The registration website is available online 24 hours/day, seven days per week at https://uenroll.identogo.com. Telephonic registration is available at 1-844-321-2101 Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm EST. During the pre-enrollment process, all demographic data for the applicant is collected (name, address, etc.) along with notices about identification requirements and other important information.
When registering on-line, an applicant must use the appropriate agency specific Service Code to ensure they are processed for the correct agency and/or applicant type. Using the correct service code ensures the background check is submitted for the correct purpose. Fingerprint requests processed through any other agency or purpose cannot be accepted and are not transferrable. If an applicant enters the wrong code by mistake, the incorrect applicant type will appear at the top of the screen. The applicant should select the “Back to Home” button and begin the process again, by reentering the correct Service Code. If the applicant proceeds with the process under the incorrect code, the pre-enrollment and/or results cannot be transferred to another state agency and the applicant will have to start the process over and pay for the background check again.
2. Payment - The applicant will register under their agency and the fee and to secure an unofficial copy of the Criminal History Record. Major Credit Cards as well as Money orders or Business checks payable to IdentoGo will be accepted on site for those applicants who are required to pay individually. No cash transactions or personal checks are allowed.
3. Fingerprint Locations – After registration, the applicant proceeds to the fingerprint site of their choice for fingerprinting. The location of the fingerprint sites and days and hours of operation for each site are posted on IDEMIA's website at https://uenroll.identogo.com. The location of fingerprint sites may change over time; applicants are encouraged to confirm the site location nearest to their location. PDE encourages entities where access to the fingerprint location is more than 25 miles away to contact IDEMIA and suggest areas where another closer site could be established.
4. Fingerprinting - At the fingerprint site the Enrollment Agents (EA) manages the fingerprint collection process. The fingerprint transaction begins when the EA reviews the applicant’s qualified State or Federal photo ID before processing the applicant’s transaction. A list of approved ID type may be found on the IDEMIA website at https://uenroll.identogo.com . Applicants will not be processed if they cannot produce an acceptable photo ID. After the identity of the applicant has been established, all ten fingers are scanned to complete the process. The entire fingerprint capture process should take no more than three to five minutes.
Applicants will receive an unofficial copy of their report. However, the school is required to review the official CHRI online and print a file copy of the CHRI if the applicant is hired by the school or their contractor, or if the applicant is approved for student teaching.
FINGERPRINT PROCESSING AND STORAGE
The applicant’s scanned fingerprints and registration information will be electronically transmitted by IDEMIA via IDEMIA’s approved channeling process directly to the FBI. The fingerprints are run against the FBI database, and the report is sent directly from the FBI back to IDEMIA. Currently, IDEMIA maintains the reports for five years from the date of the report on a secure server (accessible by authorized representatives). After five years, the reports are destroyed. Neither PDE or the FBI or IDEMIA stores an applicant’s fingerprints. If an applicant is required to obtain a new report, the applicant must be fingerprinted again in order to obtain the report.
FINGERPRINT CORRECTIONS AND RESUBMISSIONS
In some cases, a classifiable fingerprint record cannot be obtained. Immediately upon indication, IDEMIA will take corrective action to notify the applicant of the need to re-print the applicant at no cost to the applicant. This corrective action will be completed at the earliest possible time that is convenient for the applicant. IDEMIA will contact the applicant directly via email should a re-print be necessary. NOTE: Reprinting can be applied to each applicant one time only.
If the applicant’s fingerprints are unable to be transmitted electronically by IDEMIA to the FBI a second time, the applicant will be notified that a “name check” process will be instituted. The name check is a manual review of records completed by the FBI, with the results being sent to PDE. Upon receipt of name check results from the FBI, PDE mails a letter directly to the applicant. The letter contains the applicant’s name check results and may be presented to schools in lieu of the electronic report. This process takes 4 – 6 weeks; please allow ample time for fingerprinting.
TITLE IX STATEMENT
It is the policy of the Smethport Area School District not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments.
SECTION 504 STATEMENT
It is the policy of the Smethport Area School District not to discriminate against any qualified handicapped persons in the employment and operation of its school, its educational programs, services, and activities and in any other areas where compliance is required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.