Shawnee Mission Schools eases security checks for volunteers after new rules created backlog

Kara Marxer
September 28, 2018 - 7:09 am

Parents and community members who volunteer to work with children at Shawnee Mission Schools will no longer have to submit to fingerprinting.

The district is changing its new background check procedure just months after they first announced the increased security measures.

Quite simply, the district was overwhelmed with the backlog of volunteers who wanted to be screened for service.

"We realize we couldn't manage it effectively ourselves, so we're using an external provider, and essentially once people register online, that provider will take care of the background checks," said David Smith, USD 512 spokesman. "We expect it to take about 48 hours, so it'll make things a lot more convenient for volunteers.

A new system from Validity Screening Solutions is expected to save the district money. School officials are notifying volunteers now about the new background check system.

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