Dear GCT friends~
We are writing to you as a dedicated and appreciated supporter of the theatre to make you aware of new PA laws that may impact your involvement. As you know, our volunteers are very important to us and essential to the success of the theatre both on the stage and behind the scenes.
New Child Protection Laws have been passed by Pennsylvania legislators which significantly impact our organization. These requirements for clearances affect our adult staff and all our volunteers (including parents of GCT students) whom work with children. This applies only to adults (18 years of age and older).
To continue as a volunteer for Gettysburg Community Theatre, you are required to have the following background checks on file at the theatre. There is no cost for volunteers applying for these clearances.
1. PA State Police Criminal Check - https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
- Click Request A Criminal History Record, Online Request, Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH), click new record, volunteers only check box at bottom of page, Click Accept.
(application takes just a couple minutes to complete and results come back instantly and enable you to print a certificate)
2. Child Abuse History Clearance - https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS/Public/Home
-Click create Individual Account, Click next. Create a Keystone I.D. for yourself and follow all directions.
You will then be emailed a temporary password.
Check your email to get it.
Then return to the same site.
Click Individual Login.
Enter your individual Keystone ID you created and your temporary password that they emailed to you.
It will ask you to create a NEW password.
Create new password.
THEN return to the same site and log in AGAIN with your keystone ID and your NEW password that YOU created.
Follow all instructions to for the clearance as a VOLUNTEER for a nonprofit organization with contact with children.
Request it be emailed AND mailed to you.
Once you receive the certificate in mail, bring it in so we can make a copy for our files so that you and/or your child can participate at GCT.
(application takes about15 minutes and results can take 10-14 days to process)
We want very much to keep you involved at GCT in many capacities. We hope that you will find the above steps easy and worthwhile to help us comply with the PA laws and to assist ensuring the safety of all the children as well. Once you receive your clearances, please bring them to box office so a copy can be made and kept on file at GCT. If you already have your clearances recently completed for a school or other organization, you may bring in your copies of the clearances to the box office for us to photo copy and keep on file.
We must ask that you have these FREE clearances done immediately and turned into us within the month you begin working with GCT. Clearances are good for three years.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for all that you do to make GCT special and safe.
Founding Executive/Artistic Director
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