The Wake County school system wants to eventually run nightly criminal records checks on all school district employees.
The school board took the first step toward making that possible when it gave initial approval last week to these revisions to the criminal records check policy. It would spell out more clearly that all employees are subject to regular ongoing record checks.
Prospective school volunteers and all school district job applicants receive a criminal records check. But after hiring, temporary Superintendent Stephen Gainey told the board that automated nightly checks are only done now on bus drivers and volunteers.
Gainey said they want to eventually check all district employees “for safety sake for student safety and fellow staff member safety.”
Currently, all employees are required to report to the district anything above a minor traffic infraction. But since the ongoing checks are limited to bus drivers, it's possible that Wake might not know if a non-driver faces new criminal charges.
Gainey said they will still require all employees to report if they've been charged or convicted of a criminal offense. But the policy revisions will provide for ongoing records checks too.
The policy revisions require one more vote before they're adopted.