Background Checks on Teachers (December 2012 School Leader Update)
Iowa Code section 279.13 requires a school district, “prior to entering into an initial contract with a teacher who holds a license other than an initial license” issued by the state Board of Education, to initiate a state criminal history record check through the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
Even though the law does not require a criminal history check on other unlicensed school employees and volunteers, you may request a criminal history check on any employee or volunteer through DCI, which can run a state and national background check on that individual. Please note: A national background check requires fingerprints.
You may contact DCI’s Criminal History Dissemination Unit at 515-725-6066 to initiate the process. The unit handles all the state and national criminal history checks. For more information, visit http://www.dps.state.ia.us/DCI/supportoperations/crimhistory/obtain_records.shtml.