With student safety in mind, the district has developed a new policy for conducting background checks on volunteers in our schools. Beginning with the start of the 2008-09 school year, any volunteer who will have care or custody of students will undergo a criminal history records check, prior to being allowed to participate in any activity or program. A form must be completed prior to the background check being conducted and is available at all school buildings and at Central Office. The new policy may be viewed by clicking here.
The district may conduct the check through various internet sites such as the Sex Offender Registry (SOR), Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT), or the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS). Volunteers with unsupervised care or custody of students will also undergo a fingerprinting background check.
Information and records obtained from criminal history background checks will be considered confidential and will not be disseminated to anyone not directly involved in evaluating the volunteer’s capabilities and qualifications.
Visitors to district buildings and facilities will not be required to undergo the same level of scrutiny. However, district administrators will continue to have the authority to prohibit the entry of any person or to expel any person from district property when there is reason to believe the presence of such person would be detrimental to the good order of the school.
Additionally, parents and/or guardians, who are registered sex offenders and wish to participate in their child’s school activities, may be allowed on campus at the discretion of the administrator in charge. Conditions may be imposed on the visitor by the administration.
It’s unfortunate that policies such as this need to be developed; however, as our society becomes more complex and student safety remains a top priority, we need to exercise extreme care when it comes to our children. If you’re a volunteer in our district we ask your understanding and patience as we implement this new policy. And, as always, we welcome your comments about how this new policy is working or how it can be modified to make it better.