Clearance renewal update

(posted 5/19/20)

Important Child Protection Policy update on the renewal of the fingerprint clearance:
PA Act 18 of 2020 during Covid-19, signed into law on May 8, 2020, extends the deadline for renewing the FBI fingerprint-based clearance until December 31, 2020.

Current Employees:
For all parishes, schools, agencies and other Catholic entities within the Diocese of Erie: All Clergy, educators, employees, independent contractors whose fingerprint clearance has expired or will expire in the coming months,the deadline for renewal has been extended until December 31, 2020 if needed. Those renewing the clearance should seek to do so as soon as a fingerprinting site opens in their area.

Since fingerprinting is a condition of employment, it is acceptable to travel to an Identogo location during the Governor’s stay-at-home order.

New Hires:
The renewal extension does NOT apply to new hires. New hires may be employed for a single 30-day period if the following conditions are met:

  1. The new hire must complete the PA CriminalHistory Record and the PA Child Abuse History Certification and show proof of applying for the fingerprint clearance.
  2. The applicant must complete the Act 168 Employment History Review.
  3. The applicantmust complete PDE-6004.
  4. The Employer has no knowledge of information pertaining to the applicant which would disqualify them from employment (see Policy for the Protection of Children for a complete list of prohibited offenses).

During the 30 day grace period the employee must work under the direct supervision of a trained and cleared employeeand must be supervised at all times.

Since fingerprinting is a condition of employment it is acceptable to travel to an Identogo location during the Governor’s stay-at-home order.

Volunteers:
Volunteers are not covered under PA Act 18 of 2020 during Covid-19 and must have all required clearances, documentation and trainings before volunteering in the Diocese of Erie.