Background check plan sparks debate

By John L. Braese
The Enterprise
VALE - The three largest school districts in the county apparently disagree over the definition of the word “volunteer” for purposes of entry into a school.
While Ontario and Nyssa are conducting backgrounds checks for persons wanting to volunteer at schools, the Vale’s superintendent, Scott Linenberger, has decided to require background checks for any person entering a school beyond the office. This includes parents.
The change in protocol came after the passage of House Bill 2992, which takes effect January.
The new law requires school districts “to adopt and implement policy that requires volunteers to undergo background check if district or school allows volunteers to have direct, unsupervised contact with school children.”
The check looks at the criminal background of the applicant. Those filling out the request are asked for name, Social Security number and driver’s license number. There are then . . .