School District to Fingerprint Volunteers

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Glenwood Springs, Colo. (AP) The Roaring Fork School District is considering having some volunteers undergo fingerprinting for background checks.

The district’s board of education approved the first reading of a new volunteer policy Wednesday. It faces two more readings.

Under the proposal, anyone who volunteers more than three times in one school year or participates in overnight activities would be fingerprinted. Schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt would be affected.

Board member Bruce Wampler says he isn't sure the proposal would actually increase safety.

But school officials say they're trying to achieve consistency.

The district already requires employees to be fingerprinted.