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

All current and prospective DCPS employees, volunteers, program partners, and contractors 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, volunteers, program partners, and contractors 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.

Volunteers and contractors will receive guidance from their program offices.

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 to process fingerprinting results or issue clearance compliance.

Volunteers, contractors, and Students Teachers must also complete additional action steps, including obtaining and providing cleared TB test results. Please review the relevant sections below for this guidance.

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.

New Clearance Screenings for DCPS Employees and Employee Candidates

Beginning October 2020, DCPS will be increasing the clearance review process to include state-level child abuse and sex offender registry criminal history checks for prospective and current employees. This additional screening will be completed both during the initial clearance process, as well as the ongoing two-year compliance process.

Volunteer Clearance

  1. 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.
  2. Complete the DCPS Clearance Application.
  3. Complete the TB Risk Assessment Screening, imbedded in the DCPS Clearance Application. If directed, based on the results of your TB Risk Assessment Screening, provide TB test or chest x-ray analysis results to the DCPS Clearance team at [email protected].

Student Teacher Clearance

  1. Confirm a placement. The Student Teacher placement process is managed between your university program and the DC Public School (DCPS) directly, as Human Resources 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, imbedded in the DCPS Clearance Application. If directed, based on the results of your TB Risk Assessment Screening, provide TB test or chest x-ray analysis results to the DCPS Clearance team at [email protected].

ID Badges

DCPS is not currently issuing ID badges to any individuals while our office remains closed. Once this service has resumed, we will notify individuals accordingly.

 

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