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5005 - Employment and Volunteers: Disclosures, Certification Requirements, Assurances, and Approval

Board Policy No. 5005


Federal Immigration Law Compliance for Staff

The board has the legal responsibility of employing all staff. The responsibility of administering the recruitment process is assigned to the superintendent/designee. Prior to final action by the board, a prospective staff member will present necessary documents which establish eligibility to work as required by federal immigration law.  The superintendent/designee will certify that he/she has: “examined the documents which were presented to me by the new hire, that the documents appear to be genuine, that they appear to relate to the individual named, and that the individual is a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident, or a non-immigrant alien with authorization to work.”  This certification will be made on the I-9 form issued by the Federal Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Child Support Reporting for Staff

The district will report all new hires to the state Department of Social and Health Services Division of Child Support as required by P.L. 104-193, the Personal Responsibility and work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

Sexual Misconduct Release Form for Staff

Pursuant to state law, the district will require that every prospective staff member sign a release form allowing the district to contact school employers regarding prior acts of sexual misconduct. The applicant will authorize current and past school district employers including employers outside of Washington to disclose to the district sexual misconduct, if any, and make available to the district all documents in the employer’s personnel, investigative or other files related to the sexual misconduct. The applicant is not prohibited from employment in Washington state if the laws or policies of another state prohibit disclosure of this information or if the out-of-state district denies the request.

Disclosures for Staff and Volunteers

Prior to employment of any staff member or unsupervised volunteer, the district will require the applicant to disclose whether he/she has been:

A.        Convicted of any crime against persons;

B.        Found in any dependency action under RCW 13.34 to have sexually assaulted or exploited any minor or to have physically abused any minor;

C.        Found by a court in a domestic relations proceeding under Title 26 RCW to have sexually abused or exploited any minor or to have physically abused any minor;

D.        Found in any disciplinary board final decision to have sexually abused or exploited any minor or to have physically abused any minor; or

E.         Convicted of a crime related to drugs; manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.

For purposes of this policy, unsupervised means not in the presence of another employee or volunteer working with students.  This policy also applies to any volunteer working with developmentally disabled students. The disclosure will be made in writing and signed by the applicant and sworn to under penalty of perjury. The disclosure sheet shall specify all crimes committed against persons.

Background Check for Staff and Volunteers 

Staff and Volunteers with Regularly Scheduled Unsupervised Access to Children:

Prospective staff members and volunteers, who will have regularly scheduled unsupervised access to children, will have their records checked through the Washington State Patrol criminal identification system and through the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The record check will include a fingerprint check using a complete Washington State criminal identification fingerprint card.

All Other Staff and Volunteers:

Staff and volunteers without unsupervised access to children will undergo a name and birth date background check with the Washington State Patrol. 

If a volunteer has undergone a criminal record check in the last two years for another entity, the district will request a copy from the volunteer, or have the volunteer sign a release permitting the entity for whom the check was conducted to provide a copy to the district.

Conditional Employment:

New hires shall be employed on a conditional basis pending the outcome of the background check and may begin conditional employment once completed fingerprint cards have been sent to the Washington State Patrol. If the background check reveals evidence of convictions, the candidate may not be recommended for employment, or if conditionally employed, may be terminated.  When such a background check is received, the superintendent/designee is directed to consult with legal counsel.

Record Check Data Base Access Designee

The superintendent/designee is directed to establish procedures for determining which staff members are authorized to access the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (SPI) record check database.  Fingerprint record information is highly confidential and will not be re-disseminated to any organization or individual by district staff.  Records of arrest and prosecution (RAP sheets) will be stored in a secure location separate from personnel and applicant files and access to this information is limited to those authorized to access the SPI record check database.

Certification Requirements

The district will require that certificated staff hold a Washington State Certificate, with proper endorsement (if required for that certificate and unless eligible for out-of-endorsement assignment), or such other documentation as may be required by the professional educator standards board with respect to alternative route programs, for the role and responsibilities for which they are employed. Failure to meet this requirement shall be just and sufficient cause for termination of employment. State law requires that the initial application for certification will require a background check of the applicant through the Washington State Patrol criminal identification system and Federal Bureau of Investigation. No salary warrants may be issued to the staff member until the district has a copy of a valid certificate for the role to which he/she has been assigned.

All certificated staff members are required to maintain their certification in accordance with state and federal requirements.

Classified Staff

Classified staff who are engaged to serve less than twelve (12) months, will be advised of their employment status for the ensuing school year prior to the close of the school year. If the district chooses to reemploy the staff member the following year, the superintendent/designee will give "reasonable assurance" by written notice that the staff member will be employed during the next school year.

Board Approval

All staff members selected for employment will be recommended by the superintendent/designee. Staff members must receive an affirmative vote from a majority of all members of the board. In the event an authorized position must be filled before the board can take action, the superintendent/designee has the authority to fill the position. The board will act on the superintendent's/designee’s recommendation to fill the vacancy at its next regular meeting.


Cross References:

Board Policy 6530      Insurance

Board Policy 5610      Substitute Employment

Board Policy 5520      Staff Development

Board Policy 5281      Disciplinary Action and Discharge

Board Policy 5252      Staff Participation in Political Activities

Board Policy 5006      Certification Revocation

Board Policy 1610      Conflicts of Interest 1st Class Districts

Legal References:

RCW 9.96A.020         Employment, occupational licensing by public entity — Prior felony conviction no disqualification — Exceptions

RCW 28A.320.155     Criminal history record information — School volunteers

RCW 28A.400.300     Hiring and discharging of employees — Written leave policies — Seniority and leave benefits of employees transferring between school districts and other educational employers

RCW 28A.400.301     Information on past sexual misconduct – Requirement for applicants – Limitation on contracts and agreements – Employee right to review personnel file

RCW 28A.400.303     Record checks for employees

RCW 28A.405.060     Course of study and regulations — Enforcement — Withholding salary warrant for failure

RCW 28A. 405.210    Conditions and contracts of employment — Determination of probable cause for nonrenewal of contracts — Nonrenewal due to enrollment decline or revenue loss — Notice — Opportunity for hearing

RCW 28A.410.010     Certification — Duty of professional educator standards board — Rules — Record check — Lapsed certificates — Superintendent of public instruction as administrator

RCW 28A.660.020     Proposals – Funding

RCW 28A.660.035.    Partnership grant programs--Priority assistance in advancing cultural competency skills

ESHB 1115                 Paraeducators

RCW 43.43.830          Background checks — Access to children or vulnerable persons — Definitions

RCW 50.44.050          Benefits payable, terms and conditions — "Academic year" defined

RCW 50.44.053          "Reasonable assurance" defined — Presumption, employees of educational institutions

P.L. 99-603                 Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)

P.L. 104-193               Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996

WAC 162-12               Preemployment Inquiry Guide (Human Rights Commission)

WAC 180-16-220       Supplemental basic education program approval requirements

WAC 181-79A            Standards for teacher, administrator and educational staff associate certification

WAC 181-82-105       Assignment of classroom teachers within districts

WAC 181-82-110       School district response and support for nonmatched endorsements to course assignment of teachers

WAC 181-85               Professional certification — Continuing education requirement

WAC 392-300-050     Access to record check data base

WAC 392-300-055     Prohibition of redissemination of fingerprint record information by educational service districts, the State School for the Deaf, the State School for the Blind, school districts, and Bureau of Indian Affairs funded schools

WAC 392-300-060     Protection of fingerprint record information by educational service district, the State School for the Deaf, the State School for the Blind, school districts, and Bureau of Indian Affairs funded schools

WAC 446-20-280       Employment — Conviction records

Adopted:  July 16, 2002

Revised:  10.07.03

Revised:  November 21, 2017

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