Volunteering – do you need to renew your background check?

Volunteering is one of those win-win experiences: not only do you feel good doing something to help out in the school, but the students, teachers and staff feel an incredible boost of support from the simple act of investing a little of your time.

One of the policies guiding volunteer participation in our school district includes a background check. During the 2015-16 school year, the School Board adopted a new background check policy. All background checks for school volunteers must now be renewed every 4 years.

How does this affect you?

First, you will want to check with your school’s secretary to confirm when you will need to file a renewed background check. If you filled out a background check before July 1, 2013, you will need to renew your background check before June 30, 2017 for continued eligibility.

The price to renew remains $15. Volunteers can submit a form with their social security number, or make an appointment to submit a fingerprint. More details are available here.

How long does it take to process?

Most applications are processed within a couple of weeks, but it’s wiser to allow a month in case the system slows up.

What if I have other questions?

The best starting point is the school office. Give them a call with your questions, and they can help you track down the answers.

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