In 2002, the Massachusetts legislature passed a law requiring all schools, public and private, to conduct criminal background checks on current and prospective employees, volunteers, school transportation providers, and others who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children. Some outreach activities therefore require that you fill out and return a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) form beforehand. You can read more about the 2002 law here.
This law is for the safety of children. While it may seem intrusive, you must comply if you are likely to have direct and unmonitored contact with a student under the age of 19. This process is completely confidential. The Falmouth public schools require that a background check be performed once a year; the Bourne public schools require checks once every 3 years. Information and forms for other local schools will be posted here as they become available.
Activities that are likely to require that the registrant complete and return a CORI form:
Provide one-on-one mentoring to a student
Host a group visit to a lab or other facility
Accompany a local class field trip to act as a science resource
The first time that you make arrangements to perform one of the outreach activities listed above, download, complete and return the school's CORI form.
For the Falmouth public schools, click here to download the CORI form.
Fax or mail the Falmouth public school form to:
874 Gifford Street
Falmouth, MA 02540
(For more information on Falmouth public school policy, phone the VIPS office at 508-548-1621)
For the Bourne public schools, click here to download the CORI form.
Mail the Bourne public school form to:
Bourne Public Schools
Attn: Lorraine Saviano
36 Sandwich Rd
Bourne, MA 02532
(For more information on Bourne public school policy, contact Lorraine Saviano at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Other local school forms will be posted here as they become available. In the meantime, contact the school where you plan to volunteer.
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