This month, in a letter sent out to prospective volunteers by Dr. Felice Harrison, Montclair acts on a 2007 law (PL 2007, c. 82), signed by Acting Governor Richard Codey, permitting schools to require criminal history record checks for individuals, who on an unpaid voluntary basis, providing services that involve regular contact with pupils. Per the law, Montclair Board of Education says it will be responsible for all fees associated with fingerprinting process/background check for these individuals.
Other volunteers, who will only have contact with pupils on a one-time basis can complete a volunteer form instead, which requires them to swear/affirm that they have not been convicted of any crime in the first or second degree, and that they do not have charges pending for crimes including sexual offense/child molestation; habitual use, sale or manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance; kidnapping; terroristic threats, etc. At no time should these volunteers be alone with pupils. One or more school staff members should always be present.
What do you think?