Volunteers

The CORI form may be obtained at the Burlington Public School Office of the Superintendent during business hours 8:00 am to 4:00pm. Photo identification, such as a driver's license or a passport, is required to complete the process. 

Q. Where do I get the Form? 
A. The CORI Form is at the Superintendent's Office. 

Q. What do I bring to the Superintendent's Office to complete the form? 
A. You must bring photo identification with you. It can be a driver's license, a passport or a college ID. 

Q. How far in advance do I need to fill out the form if I plan to volunteer? 
A. You need to complete the CORI information 10 days in advance. 

Q. How will I know if I have "passed" the CORI?
A. If you do not receive a notice from the Superintendent's Office, you have "passed". 

Q. How often do I have a CORI report done? 

A. All current or prospective employees, volunteers, subcontractors, school bus drivers, and laborers commissioned by the  school department who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children will have a criminal offenders records check conducted periodically, but not less than every three years. 

BPS CORI Policy

CORI Policy

POLICY FOR OBTAINING CORI INFORMATION FOR ALL CURRENT EMPLOYEES, PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, LABORERS, CONTRACTORS, SUBCONTRACTORS, TRANSPORTATION PROVIDERS AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY HAVE UNMONITORED CONTACT WITH CHILDREN IN ORDER TO FURTHER PROTECT THE SCHOOL CHILDREN OF THE BURLINGTON SCHOOL SYSTEM.

In accordance with General Laws c. 71, section 38R, as well as G.L. c. 6, section 172I, the Burlington School Department is enacting the following policy relative to obtaining Criminal Offender Registry Information (“CORI”) in order to further protect its school children. All current and prospective employees, volunteers, individuals who provide school related transportation to children, contractors, subcontractors, and laborers who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children will be subject to mandatory CORI checks at least once every three years in accordance with this policy. For the purposes of this policy, “direct and unmonitored” contact will be defined as any individual who works on school grounds and/or who might come in contact with any student during the performance of his/her duties.Pursuant to G.L. c. 71, section 38R, the Burlington School Committee adopts the following policy for use within the Burlington School Department:

[ 1 ] All contractors, subcontractors and laborers who have been commissioned by the school committee to perform work on school grounds and who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children will be subject to CORI checks. Within thirty days of the effective date of this Policy, all contractors and subcontractors must submit a list of names to the Superintendent of all workers who will be performing work on school grounds and who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children. All such workers will be required to fill out a CORI authorization form. Any worker who refuses to fill out a CORI authorization form will be prohibited from working on school grounds. Additionally, any new worker hired by a contractor or subcontractor to perform work on school grounds and who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children must have his/her name submitted to the Superintendent prior to being allowed to work on school grounds. All new workers that are otherwise qualified in all respects will be required to fill out a CORI authorization form as the last step in the screening process. Any new worker who refuses to fill out a CORI authorization form will be prohibited from working on school grounds.

[ 2 ] All contractors, subcontractors or taxicab companies that have contracted to provide school related transportation to children will be subject to CORI checks. Within thirty days of the effective date of this Policy, all contractors, subcontractors and taxicab companies must submit a list of names to the Superintendent of all individuals who will be providing school related transportation to children. All such individuals will be required to fill out a CORI authorization form. Any individual who refuses to fill out a CORI authorization form will be prohibited from providing school related transportation to children. Additionally, any new individual hired by a contractor, subcontractor taxicab

company to provide school related transportation to children must have his/her name submitted to the Superintendent prior to being allowed to perform such work. All new workers that are otherwise qualified in all respects will be required to fill out a CORI authorization form as the last step in the screening process. Any new worker who refuses to fill out a CORI authorization form will be prohibited from transporting children for school related purposes.

[ 3 ] Any volunteer for the School Department who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children will be required to undergo a CORI check at least once every three years. All such volunteers will be required to fill out a CORI authorization form. Any volunteer who refuses to fill out a CORI authorization form will be prohibited from volunteering on school grounds. Any prospective volunteer for the School Department who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children will be required to undergo a CORI check prior to being allowed to volunteer on school grounds. All prospective volunteers that are otherwise qualified in all respects will be required to fill out a CORI authorization form as the last step in the screening process. Any prospective volunteer who refuses to fill out a CORI authorization form will be prohibited from working on school grounds.

[ 4 ] Prospective Employees- all prospective employees of the School Department who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children will be required to undergo a CORI check prior to being offered employment with the School Department. All applicants that are otherwise qualified in all respects for the position will be required to fill out a CORI authorization form as the last step in the screening process. Any applicant who refuses to fill out a CORI authorization form will be prohibited from working on school grounds and will not be considered further for employment with the School Department.

[ 5 ] In the event that a CORI report commissioned pursuant to paragraph 1 through 4 above reveals any adult criminal record, the following factors will be considered by the School Department in deciding whether to allow a new or current worker to work on school grounds, allow a new or current worker to transport children for school related purposes, allow a new or potential volunteer to participate in the requested activity, or hire a prospective employee, all as the case may be: 

A.  Whether or not a conviction was a felony or a misdemeanor;

B. The nature of the offense, including but not limited to: 
 [ 1 ] Whether or not the conviction was for a violent crime;
 [ 2 ] Whether or not the conviction involved any offenses against children or minors;
 [ 3 ] Whether or not the conviction involved drugs or narcotics related offenses.

C. The date of the conviction:
 [ a ] Convictions occurring more than seven (7) years prior to the date of the CORI Report will not be considered, except for any convictions that resulted from violent crimes or crimes against children or minors.

D. The type of sentence;

E. Whether or not there are subsequent or repeated convictions and/or a pattern of criminal behavior;

F. Whether or not the individual successfully completed probation.

The School Department has the ultimate discretion and final decision, after applying the above referenced factors, to any of the people falling within the categories set forth in paragraphs 1 through 4 above.

[ 6 ] Current Employees – the Burlington School Department recognizes that most employees have attained a property interest in their respective positions, which does not exist for prospective employees, volunteers, contractors or subcontractors. Consequently, the Burlington School Department recognizes that it must adhere to certain procedural requirements and meet certain standards prior to issuing any disciplinary action against any employee. Accordingly, the Burlington School Department sets forth the following procedures and standards for its employees:

[ A ] All employees of the Burlington School Department who may have direct and unmonitored contact with school children are required to undergo periodic CORI checks, but not less than once every three years.

[ B ] Employees will receive thirty (30) days notice from the Superintendent prior to a CORI check being performed. Upon being notified, employees are required to sign a CORI authorization form. Signing the CORI authorization form is a mandatory condition of employment.

[ C ] If an employee’s CORI report reveals any adult criminal convictions, the following factors will be considered in determining whether or not there are grounds for discipline up to and including termination of an individual’s employment:

1. Whether or not a conviction was a felony or a misdemeanor;

2. The nature of the offense, including but not limited to:
 [ a ] Whether or not the conviction was for a violent crime;
 [ b ] Whether or not the conviction involved any offenses against children or minors;
 [ c ] Whether or not the conviction involved any drug or narcotics related offenses;

3. The date of the conviction:
[ a ]  Convictions occurring more than seven (7) years prior to the date of the CORI Report will not be considered, except for any convictions that resulted from violent crimes or crimes against children or minors.

  1. The type of sentence;

  2. Whether or not there are subsequent or repeated convictions and/or a pattern of criminal behavior;

  3. Whether or not the individual successfully completed probation.

If it is determined that any one of the above-referenced factors, or any combination or such factors, provides cause for all discipline up to and including termination of the employee’s employment, the employee will receive the proper notice and hearing as required by any applicable law, contract or collective bargaining agreement.

D. If requested, CORI information will be shared with the individual to whom it pertains. Individuals will also be advised that they can obtain a copy of their own report at no cost by submitting a personal request to the CHSB.

E. Sealed records will not be considered in disciplining employees.

F. If the School Department is notified that an employee is challenging the accuracy of his/her CORI report, the employee will be given a reasonable period of time, but not more than 30 days, to clear up the alleged inaccuracies of the report. Burlington School Department reserves the right to place the employees on paid administrative leave during this period if it believes that the employee poses a risk to its students.

G. Any employee who is convicted of a felony, a violent crime, or a crime involving a child, after January 1, 2004, is encouraged to notify the School Superintendent immediately.

[ 7 ] All CORI reports will be kept in confidential folders separate from personnel files in a secured location, where there will be no access to general support staff, except that CORI authorized support staff may have access to such reports in secured envelopes for filing purposes. CORI information will not be kept for more than three (3) years.

[ 8 ] Results of all CORI checks will only be disclosed to authorized personnel and the respective individual, and will not be used for any purpose other than to further the protection of school children.

Adopted by the Burlington School Committee: 7/6/06