Oakland’s public school (would-be) volunteers aren’t the only ones being asked to dip their thumbs into ink for criminal background checks.
The Catholic Voice, a publication of the Diocese of Oakland, reported this week that volunteers in the Catholic schools and parishes will soon have to do so as well.
Nancy Libby, coordinator of the diocesan Safe Environment Project, told the Voice that it’s not enough to screen volunteers who work with children against the Megan’s Law registered sex offender database:
Libby said the diocese wants to ensure that volunteers — just like employees — are “the type of people who ought to be around children in our schools and parishes.”
The article said that the diocese invested $30,000 in Live Scan fingerprinting machines. It didn’t mention who was covering the cost of processing the prints, or whether parents will be stuck with the tab. When Libby returns my call, I’ll let you know.