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School Employee & School Teacher Background Checks:
Schools Can Do More to Prevent and Detect Sexual Predators in Schools
Schools typically perform the bare minimum, one-time criminal history checks for teachers and school employees mandated by state law. Red flags in the employment history of new applicants often go undiscovered, and crimes committed by school staff during the term of their employment can easily go undetected.
Schools needs to take several steps to better protect students including:
Identify the limitations of current criminal history checks (geographical areas covered, limited to only a select category or categories of school employees, etc.) and pursue criminal history checks which cover the widest available databases and requires checks of all employees.
Go beyond minimum requirements of criminal history checks by conducting more detailed background checks which also look into employment history, past work performance, educational credential verification, and similar more detailed personal histories.
Establish a clearly identified process for intake of complaints of employee misconduct and create an investigation process which is fair, objective, and thorough. Notify law enforcement in a timely manner when allegations involve alleged actions by an employee which would constitute a crime.
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