The House passed a bill last year that allows schools to electronically fingerprint incoming volunteers who would have direct, unsupervised contact with children.
ODE sent out a memo Thursday to let school districts know they can partake in this optional service, but they have to expand their policies to include specific volunteer positions that are subject to fingerprint-based checks. ODE gave instructional guidance to schools for how to go through the process to be able to administer fingerprinting.
NBC5 News reached out to representatives at the Medford, Phoenix-Talent and Ashland School Districts. They said they have not heard too much about the fingerprint service yet, but each district added that they already conduct thorough criminal history background checks for all school volunteers.
NBC5 News anchor and reporter Kristina Zagame is from Boston, Massachusetts. She comes to us from KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri where she was the evening anchor and executive producer.
Kristina received her degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She spent a summer interning for an international online magazine in Santiago, Chile. She also covered Hurricane Maria relief efforts in the Virgin Islands.
When she’s not in the newsroom, Kristina loves exploring, dancing and live music.