School volunteers are required to have a BCI check done on a yearly basis. There is a $5.00 fee to obtain a BCI check.
School volunteers may have criminal-background checks done at local police departments. Please see this message from Deputy Attorney General Gerald J. Coyne, which notes that school volunteers may go to their local police department or to the Attorney General’s Office for the required criminal-background check:
During the last legislative session, state law requiring background checks for “mentors” was amended to require state criminal records checks for all school volunteers who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children or students on school premises. The newly enacted law can be found at Chapters 34 and 45 of the Public Laws of 2013, which are identical bills. This law was enacted on May 24, 2013. As you will see in the law, the newly enacted Section 16-2-18.4 discusses “Criminal Records review for volunteers.” Paragraph (b) of this law states: “The applicant shall apply to the bureau of criminal identification (BCI), department of attorney general, state police, or local police department where he or she resides, for a state criminal records check.”
After you receive your BCI form, please bring it to the school office to place on file.