Senate Bill 9 Fingerprinting Requirement Why are Texas schools fingerprinting? 80th Legislative Session authorized SB 9 Expands criminal history review to include national criminal background checks Provides updates of an subsequent criminal history Helps to ensure safer schools Who is required to be fingerprinted? All certified educators [those holding an educator certification issued by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC)] Administrators and classroom teachers Instructional aides Clerks who hold certificates Other employees who hold a certificate regardless of assignment con’t. Who is required to be fingerprinted? All classroom instructional aides and substitutes, whether certified or not Non-certified employees or contracted personnel hired by the district on or after January 1, 2008 Note: Employees certified after October 1, 2003 have already completed fingerprinting requirements. When will the process start? July 1-DISD will received official notification July 8-DISD uploads employee data to TEA and 80 Day window for fingerprint requirement begins All required employees must be fingerprinted within the 80 days to continue employment status July 28-31-TEA approved vendor, L-1 Identity Solutions, will send mobile unit to DISD Where will fingerprinting occur and what are the campus dates? Devine High School Library July July July July 28 29 30 31 J.J. Ciavarra Elementary Devine Intermediate School Devine Middle School Devine High School May 15-May 30 Required employees will schedule fingerprint appointment with their campus secretary Who will pay for fingerprint requirement? Fingerprinting fees for all SBEC certified personnel employed by a school district in Texas during 2006-07 will be paid by the state (October 2006 PEIMS) Remember-Employees who received their certification since October 1, 2003 have already completed fingerprinting requirements How will the process work? By May 30 All certified employees must verify that their FIRST and LAST name on their SBEC certificate match the name that is currently on their driver’s license. Details will be given at campus meetings. July 9-10 Employees receive e-mail notification from SBEC in their district or summer e-mail account. E-mail will inform employees how to proceed to obtain a FAST Fingerprinting Pass. con’t. How will the process work? Note: Look for email from “Itsbatch” with ‘AutoEmail:SB9 Fingerprinting Information (Individual)’ in the subject line. Print out your FAST Fingerprinting Pass. Bring the FAST Pass and driver’s license to your scheduled fingerprinting appointment. You MUST have both to complete the fingerprint process. A photo will also be taken at the fingerprint appointment. What if…? Employee is not present during DISD’s scheduled fingerprinting time with L-1 Identity Solutions? An employee can schedule their own appointment with L-1 (no fee). No appointments can be made prior to TEA’s employee notification (July 910). Details will be given at campus meetings. L-1 is unable to get a fingerprint reading? Employee will be notified by e-mail and will have to re-schedule to have fingerprint scan completed again. What if…? A report of an arrest or conviction “hit” is made? TEA’s focus for fingerprinting is on crimes against children and students; however, Employee will meet with campus and central office administrators to determine whether offense will impact employment. Note: District employees MUST notify the central office in writing within 3 business days of ANY arrest or convictions [Policy-DH (Local)]. Keep in Mind….. SB-9 fingerprinting requirement is a state required process. SB-9 is designed to make schools safer. Central office will provide step-by-step procedures at campus meetings and information will also be placed on DISD’s website. TEA will pay for fingerprinting if certificate holder worked in a Texas school district in 200607 (October 2006 PEIMS). Further Information SBEC website www.sbec.state.tx.us Glenda Allen 851-0703 Lori Pesato 851-0705 Step-by-step procedures, exhibits, and TEA sample e-mail to employees will be posted to district website after campus meetings take place.