|FROM:||Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Criminal Record Checks for School Board Employees|
This memorandum provides information sent to the Department of Education by the Virginia State Police regarding House Bill 1996, which was passed by the 2001 General Assembly. House Bill 1996 amended §§ 19.2-83.1 and 22.1-296.2 of the Code of Virginia, which govern criminal record checks for school board employees.
As a condition of employment, current law provides that each school board must obtain criminal history record information for all applicants who are offered or accept employment whether full-time or part-time or on a permanent or temporary basis. Reports of arrests of school board employees for certain crimes are also provided to school boards. These employees are also subject to fingerprinting and criminal history record checks.
House Bill 1996 expanded the criminal history record search requirements to include all Class 1 misdemeanors in addition to the felonies previously required by the law. The Department of State Police has provided the attached list, which includes the misdemeanors that will be reported pursuant to the new law.
I hope that you will find this information helpful. Additional information about criminal record checks can be found at http://www.vsp.state.va.us. Please contact Captain William H. Terry, superintendent, Department of the State Police, at 804-674-2147 if you have any questions.
c: Captain William H. Terry