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Youth Protection and Clearances:
New Faculty, Staff, & Volunteers

In order to meet the state requirements, all volunteers at Saint Joe’s must complete and submit clearances and the Arrest Conviction Report Form. Questions should be directed to the Saint Joe’s Business Manager.

To obtain compliance with PA law, please follow the steps below:

In order to volunteer at SJCA, you must contact the school Business Office to verify the capacity in which you will be volunteering at the school.

Step 1: Register and Complete Protecting God’s Children through Virtus online.

Step 2: Print and Complete the following Youth Protection Forms:
Employee/Volunteer Application
Code of Conduct
Ministry Reference
Disclosure Statement for Volunteers

Step 3: Complete the PA Child Abuse Clearance (Act 151) directly on the Department of Public Welfare website.

  • Cost: $13
  • The results will be sent to you electronically.
  • Print the clearance to send to the Saint Joe’s Business Manager.

Step 4: Complete the PA Criminal History Check (Act 34) directly on the Pennsylvania State Police website.

  • Cost: $10
  • The results will be sent to you electronically.
  • Print the clearance to send to the Saint Joe’s Business Manager.

Step 5: Print and complete the Arrest Conviction Report Form (Act 24).

Step 6: Complete the PA Department of Education fingerprint clearance at www.pa.cogentid.com.

  • Cost: $27
  • Print the registration ID to take with you to the fingerprinting facility.
  • Cogent will mail you a 2-page unofficial results report.  When you receive the unofficial report, please submit it.

Step 7: Submit all paperwork listed above to Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy in an envelope marked Attn: Business Manager to the school office.

Important Notes:

  • Current faculty, staff, and volunteers who have completed either the online Youth Protection course or the prior Protecting God’s Children program do not need to re-take the online youth protection course.
  • Please allow 8 weeks for documents to be processed by the Saint Joe’s and Diocesan Youth Protection Coordinators.
  • Clearances are valid for 3 years, from date of issue.

Please contact the Saint Joe’s Business Manager for more information.