(a)(1) Any criminal history background information reports received by the State Department of Education from the Department of Public Safety shall be confidential, conspicuously marked as confidential, and not further disclosed or made available for public inspection.
(2) Any criminal history background information report received by a local employing board from the State Department of Education shall be confidential, conspicuously marked as confidential, and not further disclosed or made available for public inspection.
(b) All criminal history background information reports are specifically excluded from any requirement of public disclosure as a public record as the Legislature finds these documents to be sensitive personnel records.
(c) Transmittal of any criminal history background information at any time shall be accomplished in a nontransparent package, sealed, and marked confidential with instructions to be opened only by the person named on the package and authorized to receive the information pursuant to this chapter.
(d) Without additional public disclosure, the following actions shall not be construed to violate this section:
(1) Showing the report of criminal history background information to the applicant for certification, applicant for employment, current employee, or current employee under review to give him or her the opportunity to challenge the report.
(2) Releasing the report to a court of competent jurisdiction in the event of litigation brought by the applicant for certification, applicant for employment, current employee, or current employee under review.
(3) Use of the information in preparation, investigation, and presentation during administrative proceedings involving revocation of certification or suitability determination brought by the State Superintendent of Education, termination by the employer, or restriction on unsupervised access to a child in an educational setting.
(e) Any person having access to criminal history background information check reports and releasing same as provided herein, shall be required to maintain a register consistent with the National Child Protection Act of 1993, Public Law 103-209, 42 U.S.C. 5119, et seq.
(f) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit the distribution of employment or certification status through the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Educator Identification Clearinghouse.
Last modified: May 3, 2021