(A) As used in this section:
(1) "Designated official" means the chief administrator of a community school, or the chief administrator's designee.
(2) "Essential school services" means services provided by a private company under contract with a community school that the chief administrator of the school has determined are necessary for the operation of the school and that would need to be provided by employees of the school if the services were not provided by the private company.
(3) "License" has the same meaning as in section 3319.31 of the Revised Code.
(B) This section applies to any person who is an employee of a private company under contract with a community school to provide essential school services and who will work in the school in a position that does not require a license issued by the state board of education, is not for the operation of a vehicle for pupil transportation, and that involves routine interaction with a child or regular responsibility for the care, custody, or control of a child.
(C) No community school shall permit a person to whom this section applies to work in the school, unless one of the following applies to the person:
(1) The person's employer presents proof of both of the following to the designated official:
(a) That the person has been the subject of a criminal records check conducted in accordance with division (D) of this section within the five-year period immediately prior to the date on which the person will begin working in the school;
(b) That the criminal records check indicates that the person has not been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any offense described in division (B)(1) of section 3319.39 of the Revised Code.
(2) During any period of time in which the person will have routine interaction with a child or regular responsibility for the care, custody, or control of a child, the designated official has arranged for an employee of the school to be present in the same room with the child or, if outdoors, to be within a thirty-yard radius of the child or to have visual contact with the child.
(D) Any private company that has been hired or seeks to be hired by a community school to provide essential school services may request the bureau of criminal identification and investigation to conduct a criminal records check of any of its employees for the purpose of complying with division (C)(1) of this section. Each request for a criminal records check under this division shall be made to the superintendent of the bureau in the manner prescribed in section 3319.39 of the Revised Code. Upon receipt of a request, the bureau shall conduct the criminal records check in accordance with section 109.572 of the Revised Code as if the request had been made under section 3319.39 of the Revised Code. Notwithstanding division (H) of section 109.57 of the Revised Code, the private company may share the results of any criminal records check conducted under this division with the designated official for the purpose of complying with division (C)(1) of this section, but in no case shall the designated official release that information to any other person.
Effective Date: 2008 HB428 09-12-2008