Want to volunteer? Fingerprints, please. (Update: education news from schools, business, research and).A new law in Massachusetts requires criminal background checks on school volunteers. This comes months after Boston was exposed as the epicenter ep·i·cen·ter
1. The point of the earth's surface directly above the focus of an earthquake.
2. A focal point: stood at the epicenter of the international crisis. of the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal. The new law requires all volunteer--even parents on a field trip to the zoo--to be screened against names in the state's Criminal Offender Record Information system.
The new law came about after child abuse reports exploded. "We see what's happened with some of these kids with the clergy," state Rep. Reed V. Hillman Reed Hillman (born 1948 in Newton, Massachusetts) was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor for the 2006 gubernatorial election in Massachusetts, as well as a former Massachusetts State Representative. He currently lives in Sturbridge, Massachusetts with his wife and two children. was quoted as saying in a recent news story. "Pedophiles are apt to seek out opportunities for intimate contact with children." Hillman Hillman was a famous British automobile marque, manufactured by the Rootes Group. It was based in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, near Coventry, England, from 1907 to 1976. Before 1907 the company had built bicycles. , a Sturbridge Republican, pushed for the law.
The state education department issued guidelines guidelines,
n.pl a set of standards, criteria, or specifications to be used or followed in the performance of certain tasks. on how the law should be implemented. "If parent volunteers will be in a position to have unsupervised time with children, [the district] will have to conduct a check on them," says state education department spokeswoman Heidi Perlman. "There is not going to be any wiggle room wiggle room
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Many districts already check for any criminal background on new employees and volunteers; the state provides the checks free to schools. What kinds of offenses preclude volunteering is up to each district, Perlman says. The Worcester district has long screened its employees and volunteers using a guide developed for community colleges. Most felonies, like assault and battery, call for mandatory exclusion, but other offenses may be allowed. "I generally disqualify To deprive of eligibility or render unfit; to disable or incapacitate.
To be disqualified is to be stripped of legal capacity. A wife would be disqualified as a juror in her husband's trial for murder due to the nature of their relationship. the person but tell them they can come talk to me," says Anthony Ingrisano, assistant HR director. "Sometimes they can explain it."