Background Screening

The Homewood Parks & Recreation Board has implemented a mandatory background screening policy for all employees, coaches and volunteers. These background checks will be paid for by Homewood Parks and Recreation. To read the complete policy the Park Board has adopted please see the below information. To submit the information to complete your background check please click following link or the below image: https://opportunities.averity.com/HomewoodParks

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Homewood Parks & Recreation
Background Screening Policy
Adopted 10-8-2015

PURPOSE
It is the intent of this policy to establish certain guidelines wherein the Homewood Parks & Recreation Board (hereinafter referred to as “HPRB”) and its affiliated athletic boards can seek to protect our program participants by investigating the background of employees, coaches and volunteers (hereinafter referred to as “candidates”) who will be involved in HPRB approved programs.

GENERAL
A. Criminal background screenings are conducted by an outside third party who specializes in such work.

B. Any person who has been found guilty, pled guilty; or pled no contest, regardless of adjudication, or has a pending charge pertaining to, any of the disqualifying offenses listed in this policy will be immediately disqualified from employment, coaching and/or volunteer positions with HPRB or an associated athletic board. HPRB also reserves the right to disqualify a person for any crime that would be considered a potential risk to children and/or vulnerable populations. A candidate who willfully fails to comply with this background screening policy shall be automatically disqualified.

C. This policy will apply to all HPRB employees, coaches and volunteers. Both head and assistant, coaches participating in sanctioned HPRB athletic leagues. If an athletic board already conducts background screenings on their coaches and volunteers these screenings will be accepted. If there is any doubt as to who should be screened, the general rule is anyone who would potentially have unsupervised access to children in a HPRB approved program. Homewood Parks and Recreation full time & part time year round employees will be screened prior to their start of employment and are subject to a random background check at any time while employed at the HPRB. Seasonal employees will be screened annually. Each coach/volunteer will be screened every 24 months for as long as he or she continues participating in HPRB programming.

The criminal background screening is mandatory, there are no exceptions.

SCREENING PROCESS
All candidates must sign a Release for Criminal History which gives HPRB the right to check criminal history records and verify social security numbers. This release and screening is executed directly, through
www.protectyouthsports.com, and the secure URL at which candidates can execute their HPRB background check is: https://opportunities.averity.com/HomewoodParks

The cost associated with these background screenings will be paid for by HPRB.

No other personal information (e.g. work history, financial, credit, etc.) is checked or researched. The company executing background checks has agreed to such terms contractually, and confirms such direction annually.

The third party contractor conducting the checks will cross-reference the screening results with the disqualifying crimes listed in this policy. A pass/fail grade will then be relayed to HPRB based on the cross-reference. A pass grade for any candidate that has zero disqualifying crime matches, a fail grade for any candidate that has one or more disqualifying crime matches. All information pertaining to the background check will remain with the third party contractor, subject to the applicable laws requiring disclosure. HPRB will not be informed of the results of any background check; rather, the HPRB will only be issued a pass/fail grade for each candidate.

If the third party contractor reports any “fail” grades to HPRB, HPRB shall notify the candidate that he or she is disqualified for their desired position. HPRB will also notify the appropriate Athletic Board if their candidate is disqualified. Upon request, the candidate will receive a copy of the background check from the third party contractor.

CONFIDENTIALITY
To help ensure confidentiality, athletic board members, employees of athletic boards, and HPRB should not be notified of a Coach’s criminal history. The criminal background reports shall be kept in a secure location by the third party contractor for a period as required by applicable law.

APPEALS PROCESS
If a candidate’s background check includes a charge set forth on the list of disqualifiers below, HPRB shall immediately disqualify a person from their position. There shall be no appeal of a decision to disqualify a candidate, if the candidate’s relevant criminal history is accurate; all decisions are final.

If a candidate wishes to dispute the content of the profile report, the candidate shall contact the third party responsible for conducting the background check by calling the telephone number listed on the report. The candidate is responsible for providing any or all documentation to support his or her claim.

DISQUALIFYING CRIMES
If a candidate (1) has been convicted of, (2) has a charge pending against him or her in which it is alleged that he or she has committed any of the following crimes, or (3) has a record of a conviction of an equivalent offense in another state, the candidate will be disqualified from the position with any program approved by HPRB.

All Sex Offenses
Examples include, but are not limited to: child molestation, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sodomy, prostitution, solicitation, indecent exposure, etc.

All Felony Violence Offenses
Examples include, but are not limited to: murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated burglary, etc.

All Felony offenses other than violence or sex within the past ten (10) years.
Examples include, but are not limited to: drug offenses, theft, embezzlement, fraud, child endangerment, etc.

All Misdemeanor Violence offenses within the past seven (7) years.
Examples include, but are not limited to: simple assault, battery, domestic violence, hit and run, etc.

Two (2) Misdemeanor Alcohol offenses within the past five (5) years or three (3) or more offenses within the past ten (10) years.
Examples include, but are not limited to: driving under the influence, drunk and disorderly, public intoxication, etc.

All Misdemeanor Drug offenses within the past five (5) years or two (2) or more offenses within the past ten (10) years.
Examples include, but are not limited to: simple drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, etc.

Any other misdemeanor within the past five (5) years that would be considered a potential danger to children.
Examples include, but are not limited to: contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing alcohol to a minor, etc.

WHY THESE CRIMES?
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has reviewed the resources of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners and sought the counsel of recognized background screening experts to develop a set of Recommended Guidelines for Volunteer Background Screening in park and recreation settings. These guidelines were produced as a result of this review.