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Want to Volunteer During Masterman School Hours? Apply for Your Security Clearances NOW!

posted Aug 16, 2013, 9:52 AM by Jay Cohen

Once school starts, Masterman will need parent volunteers in the school building more so than in previous years. However, anyone who plans to volunteer during the school operating hours should apply NOW to get the two security clearances required by the school district.

The district requires volunteers in the schools to undergo and show proof of their criminal history background check and a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance. [Please note: volunteers working BEFORE school starts do not need security clearance.]

Here's how to get the two required clearances so you can volunteer during the school year: 

    PA Criminal History Check: Visit and click Submit a new record check (half way down the page on the left). The cost is $10. If you submit electronically, you will be able to view and print your results online within 2-3 weeks. If you prefer, however, the application can also be submitted on paper.   

    PA Child Abuse Clearance: Visit and click Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form (CY-113) on the right hand side of the screen. The cost is $10; money order onlyvolunteers must include copy of PA criminal record check results with application.  An original copy of your clearance will be mailed to you within 2-3 weeks. Bring the original to the Masterman front office and have someone make a copy for the school files.

While the amount of paperwork may seem daunting, the checks can be completed in less than 24 hours if you complete the process in the following order:

1.    Register for the PA Criminal History Check online.  This can often be ready instantly!  At most it should take just a few days.  Print out the certification page when it is available.

2.    Fill out the Child Abuse Clearance form.  As soon as your PA Criminal History Check becomes available, attach a copy (do not send the original) and mail the application along with your money order to the address at the top of the Clearance form.

3.    Once you have received both clearance reports, bring your original of the Child Abuse Clearance report and a copy of your PA Criminal History Check report to the Masterman front office – where they can make a copy for Masterman’s files.

If you would like to volunteer at Masterman during the school year, especially during the first weeks of school, PLEASE APPLY FOR THESE CLEARANCES NOW so we can be ready to help Masterman in whatever ways are needed.

If you have any questions about clearances and how to get them, contact Masterman HSA volunteer Janet Pinkerton at or 215-906-9158.