**As of July 1, 2015, Indiana law (HEA 1068) requires expanded criminal history checks for new hires "who are likely to have direct, ongoing contact with children within the scope of their employment," regardless of whether the individuals are certified or noncertified. Any applicant receiving a conditional offer of employment shall be required to pay the fee for the criminal check. This applies to applicants for substitute teaching. In 2016, the Indiana General Assembly once again addressed the topic of background checks for school employees. The legislature made several significant changes: one of them requires a new expanded child protection index check that is defined at IC 20-26-2-1.3. An expanded child protection index check means an inquiry with the department of child services and the child welfare agency. For a certificated employee, an inquiry with the department of education or other entity that may issue a license to teach.
The fee is $30 or more for a certificated employee, but could be more in circumstances such as an extended search to acquire information about an individual who has resided in other States since the age of 18 or outside the United States. All applicants will be required to obtain their own criminal history checks online using a Visa or Master Card. The site is available by clicking on the link below. Be sure to complete the information for the KidTrak (Indiana Department of Child Services) emails that accompany the background check. Thank you. Click here to complete your Safe Hiring Solutions Background Check!