The Board of Education believes that it is critical that references on applicants be checked prior to an offer of employment. The administration, therefore, is directed to make a documented good faith effort to contact an applicant's former employer(s) for recommendations and information about the person's fitness for employment prior to an offer of employment. References should be checked with prior employers listed on the application, even if those references are not specifically listed on the "references" section of the employment application.
In order to create a safe and orderly environment for students, all offers of employment are conditional upon the successful outcome of a criminal record check. In addition, any person applying for employment with the Board shall submit to a record check of the Department of Children and Families Child Abuse and Neglect Registry.
Applicants are required to make disclosures containing (1) current and past employers' contact information; (2) authorization allowing contact with such employers; and (3) statements about any past misconduct, discipline, or licensure penalties as a result of sexual misconduct or abuse allegations. The applicant must complete the State of Connecticut Education Employer Verification Form (in accordance with PA 16-67).
The Superintendent or their designee is directed to develop guidelines pertaining to checking of applicant references.
(cf. 4112.5/4212.5 Security Check/Fingerprinting)
(cf. 4121 – Substitute Teachers)
Legal Reference: Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 1-200 through 1-241 of the Freedom of Information Act.
Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 5-193 through 5-269 – State Personnel Act
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1-151 – Records of teacher performance and evaluation not public records.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1-221d – Criminal history records checks of school personnel. Fingerprinting. Termination or dismissal. (as amended by PA 16-67)
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-222c – Hiring policy. (as amended by PA 16-67)
Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (section 438 of the General Education Provisions Act, as amended, added by section 513 of P.L. 93 568, codified at 20 U.S.C. 1232g)
Dept. of Educ. 34 C.F.R. Part 99 (May 9, 1980 45 FR 30802) regs. Implementing FERPA enacted as part of 438 of General Educ. provisions act (20 U.S.C. 1232g) parent and student privacy and other rights with respect to educational records, as amended 11/21/1996.
PA 16-67 An Act Concerning the Disclosure of Certain Education Personnel Records.
20 U.S.C. Prohibition on aiding and abetting sexual abuse.
Litchfield Board of Education
Policy Adopted: 9/6/2017Download a PDF of this Policy