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DCPS Fingerprinting (Background Check) and ID Badge Processes and Requirements

All current and prospective DCPS employees, program partners, contractors, student teachers, interns, and volunteers must complete a criminal background check before providing services to any DCPS student, school, or office.

Please review the guidance below to complete this mandatory process. Please note, there is no cost associated with obtaining a background check.

Current DCPS Clearance Process due to COVID-19 Pandemic

DCPS continues to require that all employees, program partners, contractors, student teachers, interns, and volunteers complete the fingerprinting (criminal background check) process before providing services. While the DCPS Clearance Office remains closed for the foreseeable future, we have partnered with FieldPrint to offer remote fingerprinting services.

Employee candidates will receive detailed guidance on scheduling and completing a FieldPrint appointment as part of the onboarding process. Current DCPS employees will continue to receive guidance from Employee Services via email for two-year compliance.

Program partners, contractors, student teachers, interns, and volunteers will receive guidance from the appropriate program office.

As DCPS-specific appointment codes must be used to complete this process appropriately, individuals may not schedule a FieldPrint appointment outside of the formal guidance issued through the channels outlined above.

In advance of a scheduled FieldPrint appointment, all individuals must complete the DCPS Employment Clearance Application. Failure to submit this application will prevent the DCPS Clearance team from processing fingerprinting results or issuing clearance compliance. 

Program partners, contractors, student teachers, interns, and volunteers must also complete additional action steps, including taking a TB risk assessment screening.

Additional Suitability Screenings Effective May 19, 2021

DCPS candidates for employment, program partners, contractors, student teachers, interns, and volunteers are subject to two additional suitability screenings, outlined below:

  1. Child Protection Register (CPR) Screening
    • Linked within the DCPS Clearance Application is the First Advantage (FADV) application portal. FADV is DCPS's vendor to obtain Child Protection Register (CPR) results from the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) from current and prior states of residence for all clearance candidates.
    • Once you access the portal link, you will be provided instructions to create an account with FADV.
    • After completion of this action step, immediately you will be sent an email with instructions to complete the CPR application submission process for each state of current and past residence. 
    • The CPR check will provide DCPS with reports of any allegations and/or investigations of child abuse and/or neglect.
  2. National Sex Offender Registry (SOR) Screening
    • Linked within the DCPS Clearance Application is the First Advantage (FADV) application portal. FADV is DCPS's vendor to obtain National Sex Offender Registry (SOR) results. 
    • Once you access the portal link, you will be provided instructions to create an account with FADV. 
    • After completion of this action step, immediately you will be sent an email with instructions to complete the SOR screening process. 
    • This check will provide DCPS with reports of any allegations and/or investigations of sexual misconduct.

TB Policy Update

Effective October 1, 2020, DCPS will implement a TB Risk Assessment screening requirement in lieu of the current policy that requires submission of a negative TB test as part of the DCPS clearance process.

When individuals complete the DCPS Clearance Application, they will be directed to self-report a TB Risk Assessment Screening (embedded within the application), which will ask questions regarding their travel history, TB testing history, and possible TB virus exposure. Based on how the individual responds to these questions, the assessment will either satisfy the TB screening requirement, or the individual will be directed to complete a TB test.

Those whose risk assessment indicates that they must complete a TB test must send test results to the DCPS Clearance team at [email protected] to move forward in the clearance process. DCPS accepts negative skin or blood tests taken, or a clear x-ray analysis issued, within the last 12 months.

As a reminder, all individuals supporting DCPS students and staff must complete this TB screening, including those providing services remotely.

Volunteer Clearance

Confirm a placement. If you do not have a placement, please use the school profiles to reach out to a local school to discuss your interest in volunteering. If you would like to volunteer with an established partner, view the list of programs vetted by the Office of Out-of-School Time Programs.

Complete the DCPS Clearance Application.

Complete the TB Risk Assessment Screening, embedded in the DCPS Clearance Application. If directed, based on the results of your TB Risk Assessment Screening, provide negative skin or blood tests taken, or a clear x-ray analysis issued, within the last 12 months. to the DCPS Clearance team at [email protected].

Suitability One-Pagers for Volunteers and Contractors [PDF]

Student Teacher Clearance

  1. Confirm a placement. The student teacher placement process is managed between your university program and the school directly, as Employee Services does not have a placement process or mandate for student teachers. We encourage you to use the school directory, available on our main website, to reach out to particular schools that you would like to host you as student teacher. You can view the school directory here.
  2. Complete the DCPS Clearance Application.
  3. Complete the TB Risk Assessment Screening, embedded in the DCPS Clearance Application. If directed, based on the results of your TB Risk Assessment Screening, provide negative skin or blood tests taken, or a clear x-ray analysis issued, within the last 12 months. to the DCPS Clearance team at [email protected].

ID Badges

If you are an employee, program partner, contractor, student teacher, or intern, you are required to have an ID badge. The ID badge office (DCPS Central Office, 1200 First Street, NE) is currently open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Once you have met all clearance requirements, please stop by the ID badge office during business hours.

Volunteers are not required to have an ID badge.

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