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School volunteer background check!!!
August 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM
I want so much to be a volunteer at my kids elementary but when we received the enrollment package the volunteer form also has a consent to background check! I have been very involved with my preschoolers lives in school and at home up to this point and I really thought I could still be involved- I am a dorky fun loving mom who would do no wrong.
Problem is when I was 18 (I'm 30 now) I was arrested for shoplifting and I think I plead no contest.. Will this show up on the check? I've heard Texas law can go back as far as it wants especially when children are involved... I've heard any arrest shows and they won't see what the arrest was for... And I e heard schools can check back before 7 yrs too! I'm so upset that a stupid thing I did in high school could prevent me from being an involved parent at my children's school :-/ please help me figure this out


  • Anoronlight
    August 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    I would ask a lawyer, however that was shoplifiting it has nothing to do with the harming of a child. I would... assume that would be over looked if it does show up. But to be honest we don't have that here in Colorado and I would honestly ask a lawyer, many will talk to you on a free consultation. Though I would also imagine it would be case by case, school by school and district by district.

    I think its more in line with looking out for those who are child abusers, molestors, etc. But I can't speak for the school district you are in though. Sorry, I hope I at least gave you an idea of where to start though. Good luck!

  • Amy_M
    by Amy_M
    August 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Just fill out the form.  If they deny you, ask them to reconsider the offense since it was so long ago and a petty crime.  

  • dingysfamily
    August 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Ditto; I really wouldn't worry too awfully much about that. 

    Quoting Amy_M:

    Just fill out the form.  If they deny you, ask them to reconsider the offense since it was so long ago and a petty crime.  


  • Txlisa7969
    August 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    If in your place honestly I would just make a call to the volunteer coordinator.  Be up front and explain how you did here.  I am sure they will be more than understanding.  Good luck :)

  • hugss
    by hugss
    August 28, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Definitley fill it out anyways .. good luck :)

    Quoting Amy_M:

    Just fill out the form.  If they deny you, ask them to reconsider the offense since it was so long ago and a petty crime.  

  • frndlyfn
    August 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Yes fill it out anyhow.  You never know if it will turn up or not.  Let the coordinator know as well.

  • mommy2boys03
    August 28, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    At my kid's school they check who is on the sex offender list.  If I had that one charge I would fill out the form and when I turned it in be honest and upfront to the principal.  I'm sure they will let you volunteer.

  • goldilocksbecky
    August 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    I teach and our county does background checks for volunteers as well.  Yes, it will probably show up.  No, it likely won't keep you from being approved.  You'd be shocked at how many people have some crazy thing on their record, particularly some crazy thing from their teen years. 

    Old, isolated, relatively minor charges ususally aren't a problem (shoplifting, domestic disturbance, vandalism, simple assault, etc.)  Here the things that WILL keep you from being approved are sex offenses, drug charges, armed robbery, violent assaults, etc.

    And just an FYI, here parents have to submit the volunteer form in order to go on field trips and I know that's common practice in other places as well.  So if you want to be able to join them on field trips, you need to get that form in.

  • kellybean44
    August 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    My husband and I have wanted to volunteer for school trips for our kids as well. Our school requires a police check as well. The dumbest thing I have EVER heard is that the school requires my husband to pay and submit a police check when he is a POLICE OFFICER. 

    by CBMMOM
    August 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM

     What's to figure out? Fill out the form. Find out what they say about it,and then if there is something to figure out,figure it out. You don't even know if there will be a problem yet.

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