Education and Schools Background Checks
Students and parents should feel safe at school, and teacher background checks ensure the safety of children, students, and other staff members. Education employers must ensure they hire trustworthy employees and perform background screenings for authorized personnel, including teacher background checks and administrative staff background screenings. Teachers and staff members should be held to the highest ethical and professional standards.
Background checks protect educational institutions, students, and children from sexual misconduct and harm. The best hiring practices include teacher background checks and background screenings for staff members, such as bus drivers, coaches, librarians, custodial staff, cafeteria workers, principals, and superintendents.
Teacher background check laws vary in each state but generally check for federal and state criminal histories and crimes against children. Some institutions also conduct credit history checks and look for past child abuse or neglect records. Education and school background checks also include teacher certification verification, educational history, and work history.
Background screenings for authorized personnel and support staff may differ from teacher background checks and will depend on the position. For example, school bus drivers will undergo driving record checks in addition to criminal background checks.
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What Background Checks Does Health Street Offer in the Education and Schools Industry?
Criminal Background Check Packages
Every criminal background check ordered through Health Street always begins with a Social Security Number Trace. From there, you can add specific background checks, choose from one of our most popular packages, or build your own.
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Education and Schools Background Check Laws
Education and school employers must ensure the safety of their students while protecting themselves from legal ramifications. Therefore, it’s essential for employers to become familiar with local, state, and federal background check laws.
All states require criminal background checks on K-12 teachers, and most states require criminal checks on all employees. Criminal background checks are conducted at state and federal levels and include state and federal sex offender registry checks.
Some states also check the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) clearinghouse (GAO, 2014), which provides information about teachers who lost their credentials from child abuse or sexual offenses. The information in this database is voluntarily provided by each state.
Fair Credit Reporting Act
Education employers conducting teacher background checks must protect themselves from lawsuits. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) provides procedures for conducting fair background checks while legally protecting the employer and the rights of applicants and employees.
The FCRA considers employee background checks “consumer reports,” so employers will face penalties for failing to comply with FCRA regulations regarding privacy, accuracy, and fairness of background checks. The FCRA regulates all information obtained in a consumer report, including credit reports, reference checks, and civil records. Employers that fail to follow FCRA regulations can be sued by applicants and employees.
Before conducting teacher background checks, employers must inform applicants and obtain written authorization. If an employer decides not to hire an applicant or take adverse employment action, the employee or applicant must first receive an adverse action notice with a copy of the consumer report and details of their rights under the FCRA. The employer must provide a waiting period before taking adverse employment action, allowing time for the applicant or worker to explain information found in the report. After the waiting period, the applicant or employee must receive a post-adverse action notice that includes information about the consumer reporting agency and an explanation of why the adverse action was taken.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) protects applicants and employees of educational institutions and forbids the employer to base hiring decisions on color, race, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, genetic information, or gender identity. However, an exception to these regulations applies to religious educational institutions when the institution is based on a particular religion. The EEOC does not stop these employers from hiring or not hiring an applicant based on their religious beliefs, but it does prohibit discrimination based on race, age, sex, gender, color, and disability.
Frequently Asked Questions
What background checks are done for teachers?
Teacher background checks include federal and state criminal history checks, reference checks, state and federal sex offender registry checks, educational and employment background screenings, teacher certification verifications, and in some cases, credit history checks.
Do universities do background checks on professors?
University background checks are only required by some states. Although background checks are not required at every university, most colleges perform background screenings on applicants or new hires to protect their students and faculty.