Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

4121 - PERSONAL BACKGROUND CHECK

In accordance with Board policy, the personal and employment history will be thoroughly investigated of each candidate who is seriously being considered for employment as a regular or substitute member of the staff.

In addition to the information obtained through the employment procedure described in AG 4120, a criminal history record check must be conducted. The administration will be responsible for ensuring that the candidate completes Form 4121 F1.

The Candidate shall submit the candidate's name, address, social security number, and date of birth to the contracted service provider for a local, State, and National criminal history check, including an expanded national criminal history check as defined by I.C. 20-26-2-1.5.

If the Corporation's investigation and/or criminal history check reveals that a candidate has been involved in some unlawful behavior, such information should be examined in light of:

 

A.

the nature of the unlawful behavior, e.g. was it a felony or a misdemeanor? Did it involve violence? Was it sex related? Was it child related? etc.;

     
 

B.

did the behavior result in a conviction;

     
 

C.

how recently the behavior occurred and the behavior of the candidate in the interim;

     
 

D.

the relationship of the behavior to the duties the person would be assuming, if hired;

     
 

E.

the likelihood that the candidate would represent a potential threat of injury to or loss/damage to property;

     
 

F.

the likelihood that the candidate would present a potential threat of injury to or loss/damage to persons;

     
 

G.

the extent that the staff position involves being an exemplar to students and the potential for the presentation of a negative exemplar;

     
 

H.

the manner in which the information came to the Corporation's attention, i.e., offered by the candidate or reported through an investigation.

The final decision concerning the employment (or possible discharge if the information comes to light after employment) will be made by the Superintendent.

In addition to the criminal history check, the Superintendent/designee will conduct the following or contract with a private service provider to conduct the following:

 

A.

an expanded national criminal history check as defined by I.C. 20-26-2-1.5

     
 

B.

an expanded child protection index check as defined by I.C. 20-26-2-1.3

     
 

C.

a search of the national sex offender registry maintained by the United States Department of Justice

     
 

D.

beginning July 1, 2017, a search of the State child abuse registry

     
 

E.

telephone inquiry with former employer(s)

     
 

F.

explanations of any employment gaps to ensure the candidate has not omitted an employer where an offense occurred

     
 

G.

verification of the applicant’s eligibility to work using the E-Verify database maintained by the Federal government as required by I.C. 12-32-1

     
 

H.

a detailed background history including all prior employment and volunteer positions

     
 

I.

an Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles driver history if the position involves driving

An "expanded child protection index check" means:

 

A.

an inquiry with the department of child services as to whether an individual has been the subject of a substantiated report of child abuse or neglect and is listed in the child protection index established under I.C. 31-33-26-2;

     
 

B.

an inquiry with the child welfare agency of each state in which the individual has resided since the individual became eighteen (18) years of age as to whether there are any substantiated reports that the individual has committed child abuse or neglect; and

     
 

C.

for a certificated employee, an inquiry with the department of education or other entity that may issue a license to teach of each state in which the individual has resided since the individual became eighteen (18) years of age as to whether the individual has ever had a teaching license suspended or revoked.

Revised 4/12/17

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