Criminal Records and Background Checks

  • In an attempt to help protect our school children from abuse and exploitation, Vermont law (16 V.S.A. sections 251-260) requires/authorizes criminal background investigations and registry checks with the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent living (DDAIL), on the following individuals:

    • All school employees (including substitutes) being recommended for employment;
    • Student teachers; and,
    • Contractors and employees of contractors who have unsupervised contact with school children.

    Said individuals will be required to provide fingerprints, releases and other information necessary to conduct background investigations. For unacceptable criminal history charges, see our standards page for more detail.

    The cost of the procedures shall be the responsibility of the individual for whom the background check is being requested.

    Contact EWSD Human Resources at (802) 879-5584 if you need to schedule a background check and have not completed the process as a part of hiring.

    Please bring the following with you:

    • Payment to Essex Westford School District (EWSD) for $12.00, to cover the cost of the Criminal Record Check processing. Credit and/or debit cards are not accepted.
    • Acceptable identification (e.g. PHOTO Drivers license, Passport, etc.) to enable us to verify your identity and signature.

Driving-specific Positions

  • Vermont DMV check

    For any position where transporting students or driving a district vehicle is a condition of employment, any future employee will be subjected to a VT Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) check (leaves EWSD website.)

    The DMV check will be paid for by the district.

    Such checks will be completed on a periodic basis during the course of employment (no less than once per year) at the discretion of the supervisor. 

    DMV Release Form (opens file in a new window) must be completed prior to performing the check.

    Selection Criteria:

      • No individual shall be eligible for hire into a position that requires transporting students or driving a district vehicle if s/he has been convicted within the last ten years of any of the following:
        • Driving Under the Influence (DUI);
        • Reckless/negligent driving;
        • Driving while license has been suspended or revoked;
        • Hit and run driving;
        • Driving to endanger.

    No individual shall be eligible for hire into a position that requires transporting students or driving a district vehicle if s/he has lost his/her license within the past five years for any other traffic violation(s) not listed above as defined under 23 V.S.A. §2302 (i.e. speeding, running a red light, failure to stop/yield, etc.).

Drug testing

  • For any position where driving a school bus is a condition of employment, the prospective employee shall be required to undergo a drug screening after a conditional offer of employment has been made. All offers of employment shall be conditioned upon acceptable results of the screening. Consistent with federal law, individuals who drive a school bus shall also be subject to random drug testing throughout an individuals' employment with the district.


Licensing Checks

Disciplinary Actions Check

  • Prior to recommending a candidate for hire, the hiring supervisor shall check the Disciplinary Actions Against Licensed Vermont Educators website as maintained by the Vermont Department of Education.

    Any person whose name appears on this list shall NOT be eligible for hire within our school district.