Fingerprinting Q & A

  • Do I need a fingerprint-supported background check or commercial background check?

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    For the 2017-2018 school year, the following chaperones/volunteers need to have a fingerprint-supported background check:

         - ALL overnight chaperones, including those on trips to the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center.

         - ALL chaperones or volunteers with one-on-one unrestricted access to students.

    Chaperones and volunteers must pay the cost of the fingerprint-supported background check.

    Note: This does not include chaperones who supervise groups of students (such as on a field trip to the zoo, for example).

    All other chaperones and volunteers who will supervise and have responsibility for students at any time (including groups of students such as on a field trip to the zoo, for example) need a commercial background check. 

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  • How do I get fingerprinted?

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    The AACPS fingerprint office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is located in the Carol S. Parham Building at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis. Fingerprinting is done by appointment only. Please call 410-222-5045 to make an appointment. 

    AACPS occasionally schedules fingerprinting sessions in other parts of the county. Information about these will be posted on this website, Facebook page, and Twitter page, as well as emailed to parents.

    Please allot two weeks prior to a scheduled field trip or school visit to schedulea fingerprint-supported background check and/ or commercial background check.

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  • How often do I need to get fingerprinted?

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     Your fingerprint supported background check is good through your family’s uninterrupted education with AACPS. 

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  • How much does a fingerprint-supported background check cost? 

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    The cost is $56.57.

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  • How much does a commercial background check cost? 

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    The cost of a commercial background check is paid for by AACPS.

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  • Who will notify chaperone candidates if they are not approved?

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    The AACPS Office of Investigations will make individual contact.

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  • How will schools know if a chaperone candidate is approved or not?

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    Each approved chaperone will receive a blue card that should be presented to the school and carried while always on school premises.  School should also make a copy of the blue card.

    Schools will be notified directly by the AACPS Office of Investigations if an individual is not approved.

    In addition, if the status of a chaperone changes to 'not approved' during the time that their child is in AACPS, the Office of Investigations will contact the parent to address the change in status.

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  • How will subsequent schools know that fingerprinting was done for a prior a school?

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    Since the chaperone approval status lasts throughout the child's AACPS career, the chaperone should carry the blue card and present to the school for verification.  Schools do not have access to a centralized chaperone database; however, the AACPS Office of Investigations will also be able to verify. 

    Please note that a chaperone's approval status could change if his/her background changes and is not in compliance with AACPS chaperoning standards.

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  • If a chaperone is approved via fingerprinting, is a background check still required every two years?

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    No, fingerprints are valid until the family separates from AACPS.

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  • Where do I get more information?

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    Questions should be directed to your child’s school.  They will assist you in contacting the appropriate office. 

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