As a part of our ongoing effort to go paperless, William Penn School District is no longer accepting paper applications for employment. William Penn’s application process is an online process. We invite you review employment opportunities and to apply electronically via

Follow the simple instructions to complete your application and create a user name and password. You will need your user name and password whenever you log on to complete, or update your application file.

This easy to use, secure online application assures that your application has been received by the district for review and consideration for employment. In addition, you may visit the site 24/7 to update and review your information and application status.

Please note: All candidates will be required to provide Act 34 PA State Police Criminal Background Checks, Act 151 Childline Clearance (Child Abuse), Act 114 FBI Criminal Clearance (Fingerprinting) and a PA School Personnel Health Record.

Clearances & Background Checks

Pennsylvania School Law requires that all applicants for employment in public and private schools, employees of independent contractors seeking business with public and private schools, and student teacher candidates undergo background checks if they will have direct contact with students.  Administrators shall require each applicant to produce the original criminal history reports prior to employment or follow appropriate procedures to employ applicants on a provisional basis, until the report is received and reviewed.  Criminal history reports (results of background checks) shall be no more than five years old at the time of hire. 

The following three background checks are required:

  • Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check
  • Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI)

1 - Procedures for Obtaining Child Abuse History Clearance

You may obtain forms from schools or the Department of Human Services website.

The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance can be submitted and paid for online through the Child Welfare Information Solution (CWIS) self-service portal or mailed in.  If you chose to mail the form, please enclose a $13.00 money order or check for each application. No cash accepted.  Personal, agency or business checks are acceptable.

Clearance results will be mailed within 14 days from the date that the clearance is received. There will be no replacements after 90 days.  Indicate SCHOOL as the "Purpose of Clearance" $13.00 fee. For status of a request, please call the Department of Human Services, Childline and Abuse Registry at (717) 783-6211.


2 – Procedure for Obtaining Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH)

Required by Act 34 of 1985 and Act 114 of 2006, as amended, for all prospective employees of public schools, private schools and their contractors' employees who will work in direct contact with children. Also required for "student teacher candidates". This is one of three required background checks or clearances.

To be provided by the applicant and reviewed by the school (or higher education administrator) prior to the applicant working in a position in which he will have direct contact with children.

Criminal history reports shall be no more than five (5) years old at the time of employment.  See Act 114 of 2006 for further detailed information on PA background check requirements.

Following are procedures for obtaining the PA State Police background clearance. Fee: $22.00 payable to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


3 – Procedure for Obtaining Federal Criminal History Record I Information (CHRI)

‚ÄčThe FBI background check will be increasing effective January 1, 2019.  The new fee will be $23.85.  All applicants will receive an unofficial copy of their report via email (Please note the link is available only for ONE-TIME access only, and once accessed will no longer be valid. You should only access this link from a device that will allow you to download, print, or save your results at that time).  Fee is payable to IDEMIA.

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 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 1KG6XN  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 pay a fee of $23.85 for the fingerprint service and to secure an unofficial copy of the Criminal History Record. Major Credit Cards as well as Money orders or cashier’s checks payable to MorphoTrust will be accepted on site for those applicants who are required to pay individually. No cash transactions or personal checks are allowed. 

IDEMIA has also established a payment option for fingerprinting services for entities interested in paying the applicant’s fee. This new option provides a payment ‘coupon’ that the entity will provide to each applicant for use. Each coupon is unique and may only be used one time. Account applications must be completed prior to the applicant visiting the fingerprint site. The authorized representative must complete the account application. To establish a billing account, you will need to complete an application with IDEMIA.

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 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.

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. 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.

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