CORI

Check All individuals wishing to work with the students at the school or chaperone a field trip are required to have a criminal background check.Fill out the form below and submit to the principal's office via your child's teacher. Please allow four weeks for this check.

WPS CORI Form


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WHY A CRIMINAL OFFENDER RECORDS INFORMATION (CORI) CHECK?

In order to protect the welfare of our students, and in accordance with the M.G.L. c.71 §.38R, all candidates for, and current occupants of, positions which have the potential for direct and unmonitored contact with WPS students, including, but not limited to teachers, teachers aides, school nurses, counselors, coaches or other extracurricular staff or supervisors, food service employees, custodians and transportation providers. This also includes volunteers, interns, student teachers or other persons regularly offering support to any school program or facility, whether paid or unpaid. This CORI check will be done every three (3) years.

HOW DO I GAIN ENTRY TO A SCHOOL?
In order to be in the schools, individuals (students, faculty, and administrators) from outside institutions must complete a registration process, as follows:

1. Fill out the CORI form on the reverse side of this page so that a CORI check can be done by the

Criminal History Systems Board in Boston. Return the form to:
Human Resource Manager
Worcester Public Schools
20 Irving Street
Worcester, MA 01609

The Worcester Public Schools will maintain a current data base of all applicants who have been approved or whose approval is pending which can be accessed by each public school. An individual will be contacted only if there appears to be a problem with CORI approval. All information is held in strictest confidence by the Human Resource Manager.

2. On the first visit to the school, verify CORI clearance. You will then complete a brief Registration form which will be kept at the school. Orientation will be provided on-site at the individual school(s). A college ID must be worn at all times when in any Worcester public school.

IS INFORMATION KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?
The CORI process is covered under Massachusetts Law and the statute contains strict language regarding confidentiality: “…any willful, unauthorized dissemination of the CORI may subject the offending agency or individual to a fine of $5,000 and/or up to one year in a House of Correction, in addition to Civil penalties.” Within the Worcester Public Schools, CORI information is kept in a confidential file. The Worcester Public Schools is very diligent in not releasing CORI information to anyone other than the specific individual on whom the CORI was conducted.