It is important and necessary that pre-K-12 private schools have a written policy on the criminal records checking process that all persons who have unsupervised contact with minors. Fortunately, Massachusetts has provided a model policy that you can use to develop your school’s policy. Please check your current policy against the suggested revisions just posted and update it as necessary to ensure compliance with the regulation. Please be sure to train your administrators on any changes that they need to know.
Updated SAFIS Model Policy for School Employers:
The Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) has recently revised the Statewide Applicant Fingerprint Identification Services (SAFIS) Model Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) Policy for Non-Criminal Justice Entities, which applies to all Massachusetts pre-K-12 public and private schools. As with the earlier version, each district’s governing body should fill in the appropriate information and adopt this updated policy to ensure compliance with Criminal History Record Information requirements. Please remember that before the start of the 2016-2017 school year, Massachusetts schools must have completed Criminal History Record Information checks of their current employees who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children.