A bill scheduled for hearing on March 13, 2013 would require Rhode Island school volunteers to undergo a criminal background check (BCE) before being allowed to volunteer.
The Rhode Island House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) will hear bill H5229 on Wednesday. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara.
The bill would require application of a BCI check through state or local police where the applicant resides. If disqualifying information is found the state or local police would inform the applicant and school district in writing.
Some Rhode Island school districts already require parent volunteers to undergo a criminal background check prior to volunteering in the school or on field trips. This bill would require every Rhode Island school district to comply and ensure the safety of all students.
Other education bills to be heard Wednesday, March 13 are:
- H5649 - Rhode Island Board of Education Act amended to include education due process and special education due process study commission established.
- H5657 - to provide age-appropriate curriculum for students in kindergarten through eighth grade regarding child abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation.
- H5760 - to allow all state school districts or school committees to accept donations, gifts and grants.