Artists in Schools & Communities

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Clearances for Teaching Artists

Teaching Artists are required to maintain current clearances in accordance to Pennsylvania State law and individual school district policies. Teaching Artists must submit to background checks from three agencies, complete one training, and sign one form before beginning any residency projects and submit clearances to Lindsay Huff, Assistant to Artists in Schools & Communities. Please follow the links below and email with any questions.

For the FBI / Criminal History Record Check (Act 114), Pennsylvania is utilizing a new provider, MorphoTrust/IdentoGO for this clearance as of November 2017. Please see this PA Dept. of Education page for more information and to look up your service code (right column PDFs). The service code for working in public school districts is1KG6XN.

Unsure of what clearances you have and what you're looking for? Please contact Lindsay Huff, Assistant to Artists in Schools & Communities, for more help with the process. also provides a good resource for understanding the clearance process. Please note that PA state law requires that any person having direct contact with children must provide clearances no more than 60 months (5 years) old. All clearances must have been obtained within that time period.

However, please be aware that some school districts have set their own stricter standards regarding clearance procedures. Some districts, including Pittsburgh Public Schools, require personnel to provide clearances no more than ONE year old.

Artist Residency Resources