Today the Board will be holding a Work Session on the Board policies numbered in the 5000s. The meeting is from 4-6 p.m. at headquarters. These policies cover human resource matters so you might think it's only personnel issues. It is but, of course, the SPS students and parents interact with teachers and staff so having awareness of these policies is important.
For example, volunteer athletic coaches for the district have to have a fingerprint check whereas regular volunteers only have to give a name and birthdate for the Washington State Patrol's WATCH program. (When I was volunteering, everyone had to do a fingerprint check.) I don't know why the district has changed this policy; it is more expensive to do fingerprint checks than the name/birthdate check.
Keep in mind that with both, they are checking for criminal history conviction records only for the state of Washington. Interestingly, the WA State Patrol website says:
WASIS cannot guarantee the records you obtain through this site relate to the person on whom you are seeking information. Searches based on names, dates of birth, and other identifiers are not always accurate. The only way to positively link someone to a criminal record is through fingerprint verification.
Also, as Dorothy Neville has pointed out, there is some confusion in the policies about inappropriate behavior of a staff member towards a student and what should happen and who should be notified. Again, it is vital to have clear policies on the procedure for reporting an issue to whom, where that report goes, when a principal should call in district management and/or police, etc. This is protection for BOTH students and staff. (You'd be surprised at the number of times that a principal has not called in police when it was clearly indicated and the confusion about whether they should call district administration first.)