background checks for volunteers and chaperones

United States
August 30, 2011 11:10pm CST
Does your child school require this? They just started this policy last year that if you volunteer or chaperone the class you need to pass one of these checks. I understand this policy as I'd like to know that my kids are around decent people. However, the devils advocate in me says... Where's my info on the staff of the school? Do I know what degree's the teachers hold that will be interacting with my child have? (I know I asked my eldest's LD teacher the other year bout how long she had been using the method they were teaching my daughter how to read ect and she got snippy) How long they've been teaching? How's their credit rating? Any speeding tickets? arrests?
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
31 Aug 11
In south australia, everyone works with children has to have a Police check. In addition, there are some jobs, such as with the education Department, where one not only needs a police check, but must have a Families SA check as well. Plus, the Education Department require all employees to do a course called "child safe environments". My daughter had to do all the above at age 17, as she is a swimming instructor for schools. I know that nowadays, all volunteers must have apolice check. All teachers would already have had all these checks to get employment.
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• United States
31 Aug 11
But how often are they re-checked after they have been employed for some time? We've had here in the past year a coach/teacher get busted for assaulting students. The man had been doing it for decades same with clergy.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
31 Aug 11
Every 3 years, as far as I know. We have had teachers busted for doing things in the past.
@dawnald (84126)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Aug 11
Not background checks, but they do have to be fingerprinted. This started 4 or 5 years ago.
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• United States
31 Aug 11
I think I'd like that more than being asked for my SSN which for doing a "criminal" check do they really even need? sounds more like a credit check
• United States
31 Aug 11
Hi Snuggles, I think you have a very good point here! I hadn't thought about it, as far as I know our school doesn't require this. My daughter is a girl scout leader and had to have it. You can always take your concerns to the school board. There is certainly enough in the news about teachers violating children that they might go ahead and require it! GO FOR IT!!! You do have the RIGHT!!
• United States
31 Aug 11
Our troop leaders also had to get trained and pass back ground checks as well. But like anything the union will say NO and you are outta luck until the teacher has an offense and there's a problem.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
4 Oct 11
I had applied at school districts before and they all have to go through those kinds of checks before they are hired...even the janitor. I don't know that the district office would pass that information on to others as it is considered confidential, but I'm sure that it is on file somewhere. I don't know why someone would get snippy about that kind of question unless they are totally insecure in their ability or something. I know that even volunteer agencies that might deal with kids require a background check so it is nothing new. I guess it is better than finding out that the new volunteer was actually a pedophile many years ago or something after they had abused a child because they weren't checked out before being allowed to work with the kids.
@katsmeow1213 (28820)
• United States
1 Sep 11
Our school does not require background checks for volunteers or chaperones.. but then again we're a really small community and everyone pretty much knows everyone else anyway, unless you're new to the area. And usually when we go to a meet the teacher day or something, the teacher will tell us how long they've been teaching, what grades they've taught.. that sort of thing.
• United States
1 Sep 11
Around here all staff and teachers must undergo background checks prior to being hired. I believe they must do this each time they sign a new school year contract also. It stemmed a few years ago because of the man bus drivers who had a lot of felony's that they will no longer allow the staff without it. As for the parents and chaperones, I have not heard this around here but then my children are older. So maybe I am just not aware.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
31 Aug 11
It's a scary world we live in and not always fair. I know that I would feel better with every adult coming in contact with me child was checked out, but that is not possible at this time. We have a great many pedifiles in our area and everyonce in a while they find one who has been a very well liked and respected man who no one suspected of this fault. It's best to just prepare your children as best you can for an encounter.
@cutepenguin (6458)
• Canada
31 Aug 11
Where I volunteer they require a background check every five years. It's free and I get to have fun interacting with the girls. It doesn't take very long for me to get the paperwork filled out and checked at the police station. I just need certain pieces of ID. The background check helps to keep the girls safe.