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Norwell Public Schools

Achieving Excellence

Fingerprint-Based State and National Criminal Record Checks

On July 14, 2014 the Norwell School Committee adopted policy ADDA: Background Checks and reviewed the associated regulations for policy ADDA August 18, 2014.  The policy is in response to G.L. Chapter 459 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Relative to Background Checks signed into law by Governor Patrick on January 10, 2013.  The policy requires all individuals who have direct and unmonitored contact with students to have a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check and a SAFIS (Statewide Applicant Fingerprint Identification Services) check conducted prior to any unmonitored contact with students.   
  • Click here for September 8, 2014 Fingerprinting Memo to All Parents and Guardians
  • Click here​ to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted.  Please note that there is a $55 fee for licensed educators and a $35 fee for non-licensed personnel.
      ​Public ​
       School code 
      ​ is 
       as follows: District-wide (for those who will be working in more than one school, including substitutes 
      ​ and chaperones)
  • Click here for the Statewide Applicant Fingerprint Identification Services (SAFIS) Program Registration Guide
  • Click here for information on how to  
    ​change, ​
    ​or update ​
    your National Criminal History Record
  • Click here to read the relevant Massachusetts Regulations 603 CMR 51.00
  • Click here for form to obtain Suitability Determination from another school district
1. How is this different from CORI?
Fingerprinting is a ONE TIME event, CORI is every three years. Fingerprinting  
 reports all arrests nationwide. CORI reports only Massachusetts arrests.
2. Will volunteers have to be fingerprinted?
There is no requirement that volunteers have a fingerprint
check. However, a volunteer who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children  
  to submit 
3. How much does it Cost?
$55 for school employees that hold a DESE license and $35 for all others (i.e., school secretaries, food service workers, building service workers, bus drivers, etc.) 
​4. How will I know if I am deemed suitable? 
Central Office will notify you via e-mail that your fingerprint results were received and Superintendent has deemed you suitable to chaperone.  In addition, school secretaries have access to a database with suitable chaperones listed.  You must also have a current CORI on file and/or completed prior to a school field trip.​
5. May I go to my local police station to submit my fingerprints for the state and national criminal history checks?
No. The state requires you use the selected vendor.
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