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COVID-19 Amendment to the Child Protective Services Law

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law an amendment to the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law on May 8, 2020. The effective date of this amendment is March 6, 2020, the same date the governor declared a state of emergency for Pennsylvania. This amendment contains guidance for qualifying individuals to receive a extension on the deadline for submitting the FBI fingerprinting background check. The guidelines do not outline an exemption from obtaining the FBI fingerprinting background check.

Renewals — For individuals who need to renew their Act 153 certifications:

  • The PA Criminal History (PATCH) and PA Child Abuse (PACA) certifications must be renewed as normal and must be on file with the Office of Human Resources prior to the expiration date.
    • The FBI fingerprinting background check must be obtained before December 31, 2020, and the results must be on file with the Office of Human Resources. Individuals who choose to delay the FBI fingerprinting background check in accordance with this amendment must notify act153@andrew.cmu.edu so the new FBI expiration date can be tracked.

Initial Applications — For employees of Carnegie Mellon or Carnegie Mellon programs who require Act 153 background certifications:

  • The PA Criminal History (PATCH) and PA Child Abuse (PACA) certifications must be completed as normal and must be on file with the Office of Human Resources prior to beginning interactions with minors. 
  • Employees may commence employment or interactions with minors prior to obtaining the FBI fingerprinting background check if all of the following apply:
    • The individual has been a resident of PA for 10 years OR the individual has submitted the equivalent of the PA Criminal History check from the last state where the individual was a resident
    • The individual has obtained the PA Criminal History (PATCH) and PA Child Abuse (PACA) certifications and submitted the results to the Office of Human Resources
    • The individual signs a disclosure statement
    • The individual notifies act153@andrew.cmu.edu of their intention to qualify for this extension and includes the reason, related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • This extension is not available to new employees in a child daycare center. Individuals employed in this environment must adhere to a separate process. Please contact your supervisor for guidance.
  • An individual who commences employment or begins interactions with minors without the FBI fingerprinting background check must obtain the FBI fingerprinting background check by December 31, 2020 OR 60 days after the expiration of the declaration of disaster emergency issued by the governor on March 6, 2020. The results of this check must be on file with the Office of Human Resources.