Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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The board has the legal responsibility of employing all staff. The responsibility of administering the recruitment process is assigned to the superintendent. Prior to final action by the board, a prospective staff member shall present necessary documents which establish eligibility to work and attest to his/her eligibility as required by P.L. 99-603, Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. As required by federal immigration law, the superintendent or designee shall certify that he/she has: “examined the documents which were presented by the new hire, that the documents appear to be genuine, that they appear to relate to the individual named, and that the individual is a United States citizen, a legal permanent resident, or a nonimmigrant alien with authorization to work.” This certification shall be made on the I-9 form issued by the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service.

The district shall report all new hires to the state Department of Social and Health Services Division of Child Support as required by P.L. 104-103, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

The district shall require that every prospective staff member sign a release form allowing the district to contact school employers regarding prior acts of sexual misconduct. The applicant shall authorize current and past school district employers including employers outside of Washington to disclose to the district sexual misconduct, if any, and make available to the district all documents in the employer’s personnel, investigative or other files related to the sexual misconduct. The applicant is not prohibited from employment in Washington State if the laws or policies of another state prohibit disclosure or if the out-of-state district denies the request.

Disclosure of Crime
Prior to employment of any unsupervised staff member or volunteer, the district shall require the applicant to disclose whether he/she has been:

A. Convicted of any crime against persons;

B. Found in any dependency action under RCW 13.34 to have sexually assaulted or exploited any minor or to have physically abused any minor;

C. Found by a court in a domestic relations proceeding under Title 26 RCW to have sexually abused or exploited any minor or to have physically abused any minor;

D. Found in any disciplinary board final decision to have sexually abused or exploited any minor or to have physically abused any minor; or

E. Convicted of a crime related to drugs: manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.

For purposes of this policy, unsupervised means not in the presence of another employee or volunteer working with children under sixteen years of age or with persons with developmentally disabled person. The disclosure shall be made in writing and signed by the applicant and sworn to under penalty of perjury. The disclosure sheet shall specify all crimes committed against persons.

Background Check
Prospective unsupervised staff members shall have their records checked through the Washington State Patrol criminal identification system and through the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The record check shall include a fingerprint check using a complete Washington state criminal identification fingerprint card.

Unsupervised volunteers and employees without access to children shall also be advised that they will be subjected to a name and birth date background check with the Washington State Patrol.

Applicants may be employed on a conditional basis pending the outcome of the background check and may begin conditional employment once completed fingerprint cards have been sent to the Washington State Patrol. If the background check reveals evidence of convictions as the candidate will not be recommended for employment, or if temporarily employed, will be terminated. When such a background check is received, the superintendent or his designee is directed to consult with legal counsel.

If a volunteer has undergone a criminal record check in the last two years for another entity, the district shall request a copy from the volunteer, or have the volunteer sign a release permitting the entity for whom the check was conducted to provide a copy to the district.

Record Check Data Base Access Designee
The superintendent is directed to establish procedures for determining which staff members are authorized to access the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s record check data base. Fingerprint record information is highly confidential and shall not be redisseminated to any organization or individual by district staff. Records of arrest and prosecution (RAP sheets) shall be stored in a secure location separate from personnel and applicant files and access to this information is limited to those authorized to access the SPI record check data base.

Certification Requirements
The district shall require that certificated staff hold a Washington State Certificate, with proper endorsement (if required for that certificate and unless eligible for out-of-endorsement assignment), for the role and responsibilities for which they are employed. Failure to meet this requirement shall be just cause for termination of employment. State law requires that the initial application for certification shall require a background check of the applicant through the Washington State Patrol criminal identification system and Federal Bureau of Investigation. No salary warrants may be issued to the staff member until the district has registered a valid certificate for the role to which he/she has been assigned.

In addition, any teacher who meets standard or continuing certification after August 30, 1987, must complete 150 hours of continuing education study every five years. Failure to satisfy this requirement will cause the certificate to lapse. If a certificated staff member with a lapsed certificate is issued a transitional certificate pursuant to WAC 181-79A-231(7), he or she may be conditionally employed for up to two years while he or she meets the certificate reinstatement requirements.

Classified Staff
Classified staff, who are engaged to serve less than twelve (12) months, shall be advised of their employment status for the ensuing school year prior to the close of the school year. The superintendent shall give “reasonable assurance” by written notice that the staff member will be employed during the next school year.

Board Approval
All staff members selected for employment shall be recommended by the superintendent. Staff members must receive an affirmative vote from a majority of all members of the board. In the event an authorized position must be filled before the board can take action, the superintendent has the authority to fill the position with a temporary employee who shall receive the same salary and benefits as a permanent staff member. The board will act on the superintendent’s recommendation to fill the vacancy at its next regular meeting.

Cross Reference:
Conflicts of Interest (1st Class) and (2nd Class) - Policy 1610
Certification Revocation - Policy 5006
Conflicts of Interest - Policy 5251
Disciplinary Action and Discharge - Policy 5281
Staff Development - Policy 5520
Substitute Employment - Policy 5610

Legal Reference:
Employment, occupational licensing by public entity — Prior felony conviction no disqualification
— Exceptions - RCW 9.96A.020
Criminal history record information — School volunteers - RCW 28A.320.155
Hiring and discharging of employees — Written leave policies — Seniority and leave benefits of employees transferring between school districts and other educational employers - RCW 28A.400.300
Record checks for employees - RCW 28A.400.303
Course of study and regulations — enforcement — Withholding salary warrant for failure - RCW 28A.405.060
Conditions and contracts of employment — Determination of probable cause for nonrenewal of contracts — Nonrenewal due to enrollment decline or revenue loss — Notice — Opportunity for hearing - RCW 28A. 405.210
Certification — Duty of Professional Educator Standards Board — Rules — Record check —
Lapsed certificates — Superintendent of public instruction as administrator - RCW 28A.410.010
Background checks — Access to children or vulnerable persons — Definitions - RCW 43.43.830
Benefits payable, terms and conditions — "Academic year" defined - RCW 50.44.050
"Reasonable assurance" defined — Presumption, employees of educational institutions - RCW 50.44.053
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) - P.L. 99-603
Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 - . P.L. 104-193
Preemployment Inquiry Guide (Human Rights Commission) - . WAC 162-12
Supplemental basic education program approval requirements - WAC 180-16-220
Standards for teacher, administrator and educational staff associate certification - WAC 181-79A
Assignment of classroom teachers within districts - WAC 181-82-105
Exceptions to classroom teacher assignment policy - WAC 181-82-110
Professional certification — Continuing education requirement - WAC 181-85
Access to record check data base - WAC 392-300-050
Prohibition of redissemination of fingerprint record information by education service districts, the State School for the Deaf, the State School for the Blind, school districts, and Bureau of Indian Affairs funded schools - WAC 392-300-055
Protection of fingerprint record information by education service district, the State School for the Deaf, the State School for the Blind, school districts, and Bureau of Indian Affairs funded schools - WAC 392-300-060
Employment — Conviction Records - WAC 446-20-280 

Management Resources:
Employment Disclosures - Policy News, October 2010
Public Disclosure - Policy News, October 2005
Sex Offender Reporting Requirements - Policy News, October 2005
School Employee Sexual Misconduct - Policy News, April 2004
Updates from the State Board of Education - Policy News, October 2001
School Safety Bills Impact Policy - Policy News, June 1999
Local Boards Decide Endorsement Waivers - Policy News, February 1999
District Must Report New Hires - Policy News, August 1998

Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: February 1993
Revised by the Board: 08.00, 03.04, 10.10, 05.12
Classification: Essential