Smethport Area School District
THE SMETHPORT AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT is accepting applications for an ESY SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER for the 2016-17 extended school year program (ESY). ESY will run mornings four days per week during the month of July 2017. PA Special Education certification required and Highly Qualified is preferred. Send a letter of interest to Mr. David E. London, Superintendent of Schools, Smethport Area School District, 414 South Mechanic Street, Smethport, PA 16749. Application deadline is April 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. EOE.
The SMETHPORT AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT is accepting applications for SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS. Send a letter of interest, a standard teaching application, clearances, certification or emergency certification paperwork, 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, non-teaching application, clearances, and references to Mr. David E. London, Superintendent of Schools, Smethport Area School District, 414 South Mechanic Street, Smethport, PA 16749. EOE
Standard Application for Teaching Positions in Pennsylvania Public Schools
SMETHPORT AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT NON-TEACHING APPLICATION
- Application for Teacher's Aide, 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.
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
- Return form to the Smethport Area School District and we will then send the form to the Applicant's Current or Former Employer
THIS FORM HAS TO BE SENT TO CURRENT OR FORMER EMPLOYERS FROM THE SMETHPORT AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE APPLICANT CANNOT SEND TO THEIR CURRENT OR FORMER EMPLOYER
UPDATED CERTIFICATE (CLEARANCE) INFORMATION
The information below is related to Background Checks/Certificates for:
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check (Act 34)
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151)
- Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Criminal Background Checks (Act 114)
PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK (Act 34) INSTRUCTIONS
Applicants can go to the Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History website and apply for their criminal record check online with the Pennsylvania State Police. Click Here
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
PLEASE NOTE: Between December 19, 2014 – December 30, 2014, all Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance certificates will be issued on grey marble security paper and not the ivory marble security paper in preparation for switching to the new automated process for clearances.
Effective December 31, 2014
- The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application can be submitted online. Once you enter the link below you will be directed to the Child Welfare Portal where you must create an account or log in if you already have an account. Note: you will need an email address to create an account.
- THE PENNSYLVANIA CHILD ABUSE HISTORY CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE WILL NO LONGER BE ISSUED ON IVORY MARBLE SECURITY PAPER. ALL CHILD ABUSE HISTORY CLEARANCE RESULTS WILL BE ISSUED ON PLAIN WHITE PAPER AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2014.
- VOLUNTEERS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A COPY OF THE PROCESSED RESULTS OF THEIR “REQUEST FOR CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK (SP4-164) FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE OR A COPY OF THEIR FBI RESULTS WITH THEIR PENNSYLVANIA CHILD ABUSE HISTORY CLEARANCE APPLICATION. IF WE RECEIVE COPIES ATTACHED TO THE PENNSYLVANIA CHILD ABUSE HISTORY CLEARANCE APPLICATION WE WILL NOT RETURN THOSE COPIES TO THE APPLICANT.
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
PLEASE BE SURE TO CHOOSE THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
- The Pennsylvania Department of Education utilizes Cogent Systems to process finger print based FBI criminal background checks for prospective employees of public and private schools. Under Act 114 of 2006, ALL prospective school employees, school contractors and student teachers are to use the Pennsylvania Department of Education system. This includes but is not limited to: Teachers, School Administrators, Substitute Teachers, Teaching Assistants, PIAA Sports Officials, Coaches, School Bus Drivers, and Student Teachers (ALL District paid positions).
Applicants may register online
For more information regarding FBI Criminal Background Check (Act 114) requirements for public schools, private schools and student teachers go to the Pennsylvania Department of Education website or email the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
If you have questions about the FBI Cards for School Employees (FD 258), please call: (717) 783-3750.
For question about your FBI Clearance, please contact the FBI/Adam Walsh Unit at 717-783-6211 or 1-877-371-5422.
The School District is unable to accept FBI Fingerprint clearances processed through any other agency but The Department of Education (PDE).
The fingerprint-based background check is a multiple-step process:
- The applicant must register prior to going to the fingerprint site. Walk in service without prior registration will not be provided at any fingerprinting location. Registration is completed online or over the phone. Registration is available online 24 hours/day, seven days per week at https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_pde.htm. Telephonic registration is available at 1-888-439-2486 Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm EST. During the registration process, all demographic data for the applicant is collected (name, address, SSN, etc.) so there is no data entry required at the fingerprint collection site.
- The applicant will pay a fee of $27.00 for the fingerprint service and the CHRI. The new system provides the CHRI online to the employer. This fee includes and automatic unofficial copy of the results directly to the applicant.
- Applicants may make their payment online at www.pa.cogentid.com using a credit card or debit card. Money orders or cashiers checks payable to Cogent Systems will be accepted on site for those applicants who do not have the means to pay electronically. No cash transactions or personal checks are allowed. Agency Billing. Agencies that request to pay applicants' fees may arrange to be billed by Cogent Systems for the cost of these services. Billing may only occur after the requesting agency has completed Cogent Systems' Agency Pay Agreement. To establish a billing account visit www.pa.cogentid.com and download an application. The billing account must be established prior to sending applicants to the fingerprint site.
- The applicant proceeds to the fingerprint site of choice. Location of fingerprint sites and days and hours of operation for each site are posted on Cogent Systems' website at www.pa.cogentid.com. The location of fingerprint sites may change over time; applicants are encouraged to confirm the site location nearest to their location.
- At the fingerprint site the Applicant Livescan Operators (ALO) manage the fingerprint collection process.
- The fingerprint transaction begins when the ALO reviews the applicant's qualified State or Federal photo ID before processing the applicant's transaction. A list of approved ID types may be found on Cogent Systems' website at www.pa.cogentid.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.
- For individuals fingerprinted on and after December 1, 2008 -- The process was redesigned with approval from the Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI. The time for processing is anticipated to take no longer than two days.
- Applicants' scanned fingerprints will be electronically transmitted to the FBI by Cogent Systems.
- The FBI will electronically transmit the CHRI to Cogent Systems, where the CHRI will be stored in a secure server.
- The CHRI will be available online for the School Administrator to review. Administrators receive login and password information from Cogent Systems.
- The CHRI that is available for review online constitutes the official record. Applicants give permission for the School Administrator to review the report during the registration process.
- The School Administrator will review the CHRI to make a determination as to the fitness of the applicant to work in the position in which they will have contact with children.
- If the applicant is hired for the position, the School Administrator will print a copy of the CHRI for the school's files.
- Applicants may request a paper copy of the CHRI when they register to be fingerprinted. This will be the applicants' only opportunity to request a copy.
- The paper copy will be mailed to these applicants by Cogent Systems. The "unofficial" paper copy is a copy of the CHRI that the School Administrator will review online.
- The applicant may share the paper copy of the CHRI with prospective employers. However, the School Administrator is required to review the official CHRI online and print a copy of the CHRI if the applicant is hired by the public school or private school or their contractor, or if the applicant is approved for student teaching.
- For individuals fingerprinted prior to December 1, 2008 -- Applicants will receive the official report on watermarked paper from PDE.
- PDE will receive the CHRI from the FBI via Cogent Systems.
- PDE's School Services Unit will copy the CHRI and mail it to the applicant. The CHRI will be printed on standard 8.5" X 11" paper with the Commonwealth Seal imbedded on the paper.
- The applicant will provide the CHRI to their prospective employer. The School Administrator will review the CHRI to make a determination as to the fitness of the applicant to work in the position in which they will have contact with children. If the applicant is hired for the position, the School Administrator prints a copy of the CHRI for the school's files.
- The CHRI must be less than 12 months old at the time of employment to be considered valid. The date of the CHRI is considered to be the date on which the individual was fingerprinted.
- This document constitutes an official Record. If an applicant, fingerprinted prior to December 1, 2008, presents their CHRI and the Commonwealth Seal is not embedded on the paper, it should be considered as invalid and not an official record.
- Applicants who were fingerprinted prior to December 1 2008, who have not yet received their CHRI from PDE, should contact PDE at (717) 783-3750 or email PDE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inquiries or Questions
The site of service for the Smethport Area School District is the SENECA HIGHLANDS INTERMEDIATE UNIT NINE. After registering with COGENT, you may go to the IU9 for your 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.