You will not need to be fingerprinted again or pay the $135 fingerprinting fee, however you may incur a $20 fee (the fee has been waived from July 1, 2020 through November 1, 2020) to process your OSPRA 103 form, which shares your fingerprinting record from NY State to NYC.
Follow the steps below to ensure that your prints are released from the NYSED to NYCDOE. You will know if you fall into this category because your status in your Applicant Gateway email next to fingerprinting will read “processing.”
First, Check your TEACH account to view the status of your fingerprint application and any clearance requests on file with NYSED.
Second, Receive your automated email from Applicant Gateway, activate your account and log in. As indicated by the Applicant Gateway system, you will need to fill out and electronically submit the following forms:
- Background Questionnaire
- Emergency Contact Information
- OSPRA 103 Form (Request from the State to release your prints to the City)-
The DOE has granted a limited exception to permit the use of the OSPRA 103 form for those starting employment with the DOE or one of its contracted vendors/agencies between July 1, 2020 and November 1, 2020. Individuals with active TEACH accounts can electronically submit the signed OSPRA 103 form to have fingerprint results transferred from NYSED to the DOE.
Note: All individuals who complete the OSPRA 103 form will still be required to be fingerprinted (with the fingerprint cost of $135) by the DOE to maintain eligibility/employment and will be contacted directly at a later date once the DOE is able to process to capacity.
You can complete the OSPRA 103 form here: http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/ospra103.pdf - please email the completed and signed form to the email address on the bottom of the form (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are not eligible to complete the OSPRA 103 form, but do so anyway, your onboarding will be delayed.
**If you are a paraprofessional or other DOE employee, you may have an existing Applicant Gateway account. You must wait to receive the automated email from Applicant Gateway confirming your nomination as a NYC Teaching Collaborative Partner Teacher before you will be able to log in to your new Applicant Gateway portal and completing the required forms. Your email will go to your NYC DOE account.**
**You will know if you fall into this category if the status next to fingerprinting reads “processing”
Third, log back into Applicant Gateway to determine if your prints have been received from New York State and cleared.
NOTE: You will not receive an email when you have cleared this process, you must LOG BACK IN to your Applicant Gateway Account, navigate to the Roster Evaluate nomination, and click on the status hyperlink to access the below image. Once all items are marked COMPLETE, you may upload to Teacher Track.
***If you have been previously employed by a charter school fingerprinted by the New York City Charter Center, your fingerprints will not necessarily carry over. Please double check your TEACH account to ensure that you indeed have your prints on file with New York State***