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Old 01-14-2013, 07:31 PM
 
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Our district is now requiring teachers to be fingerprinted. The prints will be kept on file with the FBI. Any other districts doing this?


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My district has always done it. It is a part of the background check performed before you sign a contract.
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Yes. That's the way it always has been. I got fingerprinted the first time in 1999 and have had an FBI file since then.
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Has required it ever since I've been teaching... So at least the last 7 years
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:38 PM
 
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We've always done it. In fact, we had to be fingerprinted prior to student teaching. I like the digital scanning they did the last time. Hmm...I think I have to renew my certificate this year...guess it's fingerprint time again.


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Old 01-15-2013, 02:56 AM
 
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All teachers in Maine must be fingerprinted or else they can not receive a teaching certification. Background checks are conducted every five years.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:09 AM
 
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It's been the standard practice of every district I have ever been in--background check too!
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:40 AM
 
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Fingerprinting is a part of our initial certification process. WAY BACK WHEN, I had to "make an appointment" at the jail. That's the only place in my little burg that fingerprints. Such class!
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in Kansas and Missouri.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:16 AM
 
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in Ohio we get fingerprinted, even if you change districts. Different employer, another set of fingerprints.


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Old 01-15-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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everyone is now fingerprinted as of about five or six years ago. Used to be only those hired after a certain date (whenever it was enacted) and then a few years ago, we all had to go before school started and be fingerprinted. I'm assuming they're on file in Austin somewhere.. I don't know. I asked why they couldn't just use the ones I did in 1976 when I got my driver's license.. they said, because they're ink not digital..
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:36 PM
 
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When I moved to a different state I had to be fingerprinted there. When I renewed my license after I moved back I had to be fingerprinted again in WI because I had lived outside the state.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:45 PM
 
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I had to "make an appointment" at the jail. That's the only place in my little burg that fingerprints.
Here, too. I was nervous. We had a nice, new state-of-the-art jail and the sheriff asked me something through the glass. I thought he asked if I'd ever been fingerprinted. I said I'd never been fingerprinted and he laughed. He had asked if I had a card to put the prints on. I then had to wait until the prisoners were all in the back. They opened those HEAVY doors and let me in. It was creepy. I was praying there wouldn't be a jail break while I was in there. Then, they used one of THEIR fingerprint cards, which I took back to the school. I sure didn't want to leave it with them!
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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I had to get fingerprinted to student teach back in 2006. I also had to have a background check.

Then, when I got my job (2007), I had to get fingerprinted again and have another background check. I too had to go to a county jail and get fingerprinted where the criminals would get fingerprinted.

If I were to transfer to a district in a different county, I would have to get re-fingerprinted. I wish the fingerprints were all housed in the same place so I didn't have to keep getting fingerprinted, but I do understand the purpose.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:47 PM
 
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A number of years ago a law was passed that we had to be fingerprinted. They brought in a technician and a digital scanner and we had it done in the office during the day...they hired a floating sub to cover our rooms. It was almost fun, but the students were disappointed I didn't come back with ink-tipped fingers! The main issue we had was that we had to foot the bill ourselves and while I don't remember the figure, we all thought it was rather costly.
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I have lived in Michigan twenty years and I had to be fingerprinted when I first moved here. I can't remember if that was for a sub position or permanent teaching certification. It also seems like I remember having to be fingerprinted in California too (where I taught before moving here).
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:19 PM
 
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I had that done 20 years ago. Nothing new.
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When I started my PT position
Old 01-15-2013, 04:29 PM
 
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I had to be fingerprinted prior to being hired. I almost didn't get hired! People who have taught for a long time often can't be fingerprinted because their prints have been worn down from the friction of handling papers. Also, a biggie to wearing off prints is the constant handwashing we do.

Eventually, I rubbed on some hand lotion and was able to get three acceptable prints from each hand.
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:30 PM
 
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I've always been fingerprinted.

I've worked at banks and schools and have teaching certs in 2 different states; I've been fingerprinted more often than some criminals!

In fact, I've been printed so often the cops let me roll my own prints and just stand and watch!

I wouldn't want someone teaching in a school or working around kids WITHOUT being printed.
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:39 PM
 
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I didn't have to be fingerprinted. Just criminal record and child abuse checks.
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I've been fingerprinted four times. Once when I was 17 and worked in after school care at a Catholic school, twice for subbing in two different districts, and once for student teaching. When I subbed, they said fingerprints only stay on file for three years.
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Yes - All staff and volunteers
Old 01-15-2013, 05:13 PM
 
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I have been fingerprinted with a full background check for years. All volunteers and guests who want to help in the classroom must also be fingerprinted with a background check before they are allowed in the classroom or on a field trip.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:42 PM
 
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We have needed it for over 10 years. Going to the "JUstice Center" is fun. I had just been there 10 days before for my CCW permit.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:44 PM
 
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My district has always done this. I've been there 12 years.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:57 PM
 
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I couldn't believe it when I heard that Mass was just now requiring it. Vt has been requiring it since around 1994.
For awhile teachers could be grandfathered if they didn't change districts, they were not required, but now to be recertified, everyone has to be fingerprinted.

If you can, get it done digitally, so you'll avoid having them not be accepted because they didn't print clearly.
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Florida, too
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About 10 years ago, I think, people from somewhere came out with fingerprint scanners to scan all staff members. Now any volunteer who might have unsupervised contact has to get the FBI background check with fingerprinting also, at a cost of $48.

Honestly, I think the local background check, which used a person's driver's license was sufficient for most volunteers. It's much harder to get parents to drive on field trips now that they need this additional check. I would NEVER compromise the safety of my students but wish that my presence at the beginning and end of a drive and all the random traffic/street cameras in between school and any destination was sufficient supervision.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:16 PM
 
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We've always been fingerprinted. Even our part time people and crossing guards are fingerprinted. And we pay the cost.

It was really a pain when my son was going to come in to help with crossing guard. The job is a 45 minute shift at around $10 an hour. It costs around $60 or more to do the fingerprinting. And, even though you have to front the cost of the fingerprinting before you can start, the paychecks only come out once a month and usually are just a partial check the first month.

I really needed help with crossing guards but even I told him it wasn't worth it.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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And we pay the cost.
Our county does it free for teachers. Parent volunteers have to pay.
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State law here, too. Also, the Catholic school I work at requires all regular volunteers to complete a safe environment program, also.
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California here. We did that 20 years ago when I first began teaching...
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I had them done in LA and NM.

The deputy that did them in LA laughed and said "I can tell you have never done this before."
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