What goes into a criminal background check for teachers and coaches?Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Local schools, including Moorhead, do conduct criminal background checks on each new coaching and teaching candidate.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Local schools, including Moorhead, do conduct criminal background checks on each new coaching and teaching candidate.
We looked into some of their criteria.
Area schools say they always run background checks on new hires, whether they're teachers or coaches. State law requires it.
Dale Sieling is enjoying a baseball game, watching his son Keith, a junior, who is on the D-G-F team. He says between practice and games, the team and coach spend a lot of time together.
Dale Sieling, Glyndon: "They really do have an influence on kids. They spend a lot of time together."
That's why area schools do criminal background checks on each coach or teacher they hire. Moorhead says it conducts a multi-state check of convictions, despite the fact that state law only requires a check of Minnesota convictions.
After that, they consider the nature and severity of the offense, how long ago it occurred and how it relates to the position.
West Fargo Schools has a similar procedure, completing full criminal background checks federally and in each state the candidate has lived in.
Hill: "Each would be handled on an individual basis. But obviously anything violent or abusive towards children would be a problem."
Though these background checks may be a necessity in today's world, Sieling believes in the old-school way of just knowing and trusting the coach.
Sieling: "The coach of this team was the coach in Moorhead for many years. So, he has a good track record and if there haven't been problems before I think there's a good chance it will stay that way."
West Fargo Public Schools also note that teachers are licensed and there is another background check involved with that.