Safe Environment

Welcome to Saint Mark Parish/School!

Archdiocesan policy requires that all adults (staff, volunteers, coaches) having access to or regular contact with minors must comply with all Safe Environment requirements, including background clearances, training, etc.

Take a few minutes to visit the links below to request the required forms and register for the trainings. Once completed, please return the information/results to the parish safe environment office in order for you to continue your ministry to children of our parish/school.

Information for Volunteers

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers for all you do each and every day to support the St. Mark community and programs. The following information provides the Safe Environment guidelines which reflect the changes to the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services laws which came into effect in 2015.

Required Clearances

Chaperone
If you are just helping as a chaperone(with some possible contact) the Archdiocese requires you to have the following on file:

  1. Current PA Child Abuse Clearance – (Need to turn in every 5 years)
  2. Current PA State Police Criminal Background Check – (Need to turn in every 5 years)
  3. Federal Criminal History Record: FBI Fingerprints(need to turn in every 5 years) – If you live outside PA or have not lived in PA continuously for the last 10 yrs, you must register (under the dept. of human services) to get FBI fingerprints using the link below, and turn in the results. Let us know if you have lived in PA for 10 years or more. Register for your prints here – Identogo.com then click on schedule or manage appt. and add information.
    • School staff/volunteers- Under DPE-(non-public school):
      1. Staff/teacher code: 1KG6TR.
      2. School volunteer code: 1KG6Y3.
    • Parish and non-school staff/volunteers- Under DHS-OCYF:
      1. Parish staff 18yrs+ use 1KG738.
      2. Parish staff ages 14-17 use 1KG756.
      3. Parish volunteers use 1KG6ZJ.
  4. Signed copies of the Volunteer Disclosure Agreement – Review, print out, sign and return (need to turn in every 5 years)
  5. Signed Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement – Review attached brochure, print out form, sign and return.

School Event Volunteer
If you plan on helping out at the school for events or holiday activities a few times during the year(some possible contact), the Archdiocese requires you to have the following on file:

  1. Current PA Child Abuse Clearance – (Need to turn in every 5 years)
  2. Current PA State Police Criminal Background Check – (Need to turn in every 5 years)
  3. Federal Criminal History Record: FBI Fingerprints(need to turn in every 5 years) – If you live outside PA or have not lived in PA continuously for the last 10 yrs, you must register (under the dept. of human services) to get FBI fingerprints using the link below, and turn in the results. Let us know if you have lived in PA for 10 years or more. Federal Criminal History Record (FBI Fingerprints)- Identogo.com then click on schedule or manage appt. and add information (need to turn in every 5 years).
    • School staff/volunteers- Under DPE-(non-public school):
      1. Staff/teacher code: 1KG6TR.
      2. School volunteer code: 1KG6Y3.
    • Parish and non-school staff/volunteers- Under DHS-OCYF:
      1. Parish staff 18yrs+ use 1KG738.
      2. Parish staff ages 14-17 use 1KG756.
      3. Parish volunteers use 1KG6ZJ.
  4. Signed copies of the Volunteer Disclosure Agreement – Review, print out, sign and return (need to turn in every 5 years)
  5. Signed Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement – Review attached brochure, print out form, sign and return.
  6. Mandated Reporter Online Training(1 hour session): Log on to the website to complete the Mandated Reporter Training online.

CCD, CYO, Lunchroom Helper/Volunteer for the School/Parish Helping on a Regular Basis
If you plan on helping out at the school for events or holiday activities a few times during the year(some possible contact), the Archdiocese requires you to have the following on file:

  1. Current PA Child Abuse Clearance – (Need to turn in every 5 years)
  2. Current PA State Police Criminal Background Check – (Need to turn in every 5 years)
  3. Federal Criminal History Record: FBI Fingerprints(need to turn in every 5 years) – If you live outside PA or have not lived in PA continuously for the last 10 yrs, you must register (under the dept. of human services) to get FBI fingerprints using the link below, and turn in the results. Let us know if you have lived in PA for 10 years or more. Register for your prints here – Identogo.com then click on schedule or manage appt. and add information.
    • School staff/volunteers- Under DPE-(non-public school):
      1. Staff/teacher code: 1KG6TR.
      2. School volunteer code: 1KG6Y3.
    • Parish and non-school staff/volunteers- Under DHS-OCYF:
      1. Parish staff 18yrs+ use 1KG738.
      2. Parish staff ages 14-17 use 1KG756.
      3. Parish volunteers use 1KG6ZJ.
  4. Signed copies of the Volunteer Disclosure Agreement – Review, print out, sign and return (need to turn in every 5 years)
  5. Signed Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement – Review attached brochure, print out form, sign and return.
  6. Mandated Reporter Online Training(1 hour session): Log on to the website to complete the Mandated Reporter Training online.
  7. Protecting God’s Children Awareness Session (one time, 2.5 hours) and turn in the certificate received after completion. Begin this process by logging on to www.virtusonline.com. Select Philadelphia Archdiocese from the drop down list and register for one of the follow sessions.

Please FORWARD THE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATES to St. Mark Parish Safe Environment Office upon completion. Email to juanitaparishoffice@gmail.com or mail to St. Mark Church, 1024 Radcliffe Street, 19007 Bristol PA.

Volunteers who reside in Pennsylvania DO NOT have a provisional period and MUST OBTAIN clearances prior to beginning service.

Volunteers who reside in another state or country may serve for no more than 30 days as long as they provide clearances from their state or country of residence.

For additional information, please visit the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Child and Youth Protection website at www.childyouthprotection.org or call the St. Mark Safe Environment Coordinator at (215) 788-7266 or email at juanitaparishoffice@gmail.com with any questions.


Important: No Employee or volunteer should being work with children without the PA State Police Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse Clearance, signed Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement and Disclosure for Provisional Employment or Volunteer Disclosure Forms.

Employees – If they are a new hire and live out of state, the Pastor may permit them to work with children during a provisional period (90 days) if they can show proof that background check requests have been submitted, as long as they provide clearances from their state or country or residence. Their work with children must also be supervised during this period.

Volunteers – If you have not lived in PA for 10 continuous years, you will have 30 days provisional period to provide clearances.

Those who do not comply, will be moved to “inactive status” and are not to be permitted to work with children until all requirements have been met.