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
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!
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.
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.
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.