Q: Who is required to be fingerprinted?
A: All public and private elementary and secondary schools in Massachusetts are required to obtain fingerprint-based checks for the purpose of determining the suitability of current and prospective employees who may have “direct and unmonitored contact with children.” In other words, anyone who comes into contact with children must be fingerprinted.
Q: Is Framingham Public Schools the only district requiring this?
A: No. This is a state mandate that all districts must follow.
Q: Can I use my background check from another state or from another background check conducted in Massachusetts (i.e. firearms license)?
A: Under federal and state law, fingerprint-based criminal history records obtained for one purpose and one authority cannot be disseminated outside the original receiving entity. This includes not only any criminal history information but also the actual fingerprints themselves. Everyone must undergo a new fingerprint-based background check for each agency that requires you to do so.
Q: Can I go to my local police station and get fingerprinted?
A: No. You have to get your fingerprinting done through the State Applicant Fingerprint Identification System (SAFIS) MorphoTrust USA IndentoGo ™. There are a number of locations available.
Q: If I live outside of Massachusetts but work in Massachusetts, can I go to a local or state police department or fingerprint enrollment center to have my fingerprints taken?
A: No. If you live outside of Massachusetts but work in Massachusetts, you are required to have your fingerprints taken at a Massachusetts-based MorphoTrust USA™ enrollment center.
Q: Can I use my background check from another school district within Massachusetts?
A: Provided there was no gap of employment (that is, you did not leave public school teaching), Framingham Public Schools will accept a Letter of Suitability for Employment made by your previous school employer.
Q: How do I register?
A: You can register online and select Online Scheduling. You can also call (866) 349-8130.
Q: When I register, I’m asked for information about the Framingham Public Schools. What information should I provide?
A: The Agency Sector is ESE. The Provider Code is 01000000 (that’s 01 and then 6 zeros). The address is 73 Mt. Wayte Ave. Suite 5, Framingham, MA 01702.
Q: How do I pay?
A: You must pay by credit card online or by personal check at the time of the service.
Q: What is the cost of fingerprinting?
A: The cost is license dependent. If you hold a DESE license, the cost of your fingerprinting is $55. For all other school personnel, the cost of fingerprinting is $35.
Q: Will I be reimbursed?
Q: I have a DESE license but work as an aide. Why do I have to pay $55?
A: The cost of fingerprinting is based on whether or not you hold a license, not on your current professional title. Remember you will be reimbursed whatever amount you spend on fingerprinting as long as you were a member of your collective bargaining unit as of the dates noted above.