Under Rhode Island General Law 16-2-18.1, any person seeking employment with a private school or public school department who has not previously been employed by that public or private school department in Rhode Island during the past 12 months shall undergo a national and state criminal background check. Employees hired prior to August 1, 2001 and who have been continuously employed by a public school department in Rhode Island during the past 12 months shall be exempted.
As of July 2, 2014, employment now includes those individuals who are hired directly by the private school or public school department, contractual employees of the private school or public school department, and those individuals, who may have direct or unmonitored contact with children or students, that are hired by a third party who has contracted with the private school or public school department to provide services, including school bus monitors.
In addition, Rhode Island General Law, 16-2-18.4, any person who is a current or prospective volunteer of a private school or public school department and who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children and/or students on school premises shall undergo a state criminal background check to be initiated prior to or within one week of commencement of such volunteer work. Under the statute, the state criminal background check is valid for one year.
"Teachers, employees and volunteers are busy preparing for the school year. Bringing background check services to the community allows for them to focus on going back to school and teaching our students, not worrying about the logistics of driving to Providence, finding a place to park and taking valuable time out of their busy day," said Attorney General Kilmartin.
In addition to the regular hours of operation for the Bureau of Criminal Identification at the Office of Attorney General in Providence (Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm), the Office will provide national and state criminal background check services at the locations, dates and times below.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Middletown Police Department 123 Valley Road, Middletown
Wednesday, August 6th, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Cranston Police Department 5 Garfield Avenue, Cranston
Tuesday, August 12th, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Charlestown Police Department 4901 Old Post Road, Charlestown
Wednesday, August 13th, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. North Kingston Police Department 8166 Post Road, North Kingstown
Tuesday, August 19th, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Smithfield Police Department 215 Pleasant Avenue, Smithfield
Wednesday, August 20th, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Pawtucket Police Department 121 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket
Thursday, August 21st, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Bristol Police Department 395 Metacom Avenue, Bristol
Individuals seeking a national background check must bring positive proof of ID, such as a valid driver's license, state-issued ID or passport, as well as a letter of conditional employment. Payment must be a check or money order only. Checks should be made out to "BCI." The cost for a national criminal background check is $35.
Individuals seeking a state criminal background check must bring positive proof of ID, such as a valid driver's license, state-issued ID or passport. The cost for a state-only criminal background check is $5. Payment must be a check or money order only. Checks should be made out to "BCI." The state criminal background check will be mailed to the individual.