Background check update
PDE Reminds School Administrators of Applicability of Changes to Background Check Law Under Act 82 of 2012 and availability of Revised PDE-6004 Form to Report Arrests and Convictions of Offenses. Act 24 of 2011 - Form PDE-6004
As you may have heard, recent changes to Pennsylvania School Code took effect earlier in the school year. Act 24 of 2011 (Act 24) amends Section 111 of the School Code, which provides for background checks for employees of public and private schools, intermediate units and area vocational-technical schools. The changes to Section 111 became effective September 28, 2011.
Act 24 adds several new crimes to the list of offenses in Section 111(e), which disqualify individuals from school employment. Because of the expanded list of prohibited criminal offenses, Act 24 requires all current school employees to complete a Pennsylvania Department of Education (“PDE”) form to report prior arrests or convictions for any offense listed in the newly expanded Section 111(e). PDE developed Form PDE-6004 for reporting purposes, and a copy of that form is included with this memo.
To be clear, all staff must submit the form even if they do not have a record. Therefore, you are required to print and submit a signed and completed Form PDE-6004 to your building secretary yearly.
Act 24 also now requires that school employees report to the District within 72 hours of any arrest or conviction for any criminal offense listed in Section 111(e). The attached Form PDE-6004 should be used to make reports of any arrests or convictions to Human Resources in the future.
To Submit FormsClick here to download the Form PDE-6004
. Please print the completed forms and submit directly to the building secretary. Electronic copies will not be accepted. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.