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Article 6. Verification of Heritage School Operation   

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(a) Except as provided in subdivisions (b) and (c), if the employees of any entity that has a contract with a heritage school to provide any of the following services may have any contact with pupils, those employees shall submit or have submitted their fingerprints in a manner authorized by the Department of Justice together with a fee determined by the Department of Justice to be sufficient to reimburse the department for its costs incurred in processing the application:

(1) School and classroom janitorial.

(2) Schoolsite administrative.

(3) Schoolsite grounds and landscape maintenance.

(4) Pupil transportation.

(5) Schoolsite food-related services.

(b) This section shall not apply to an entity providing any of the services listed in subdivision (a) to a heritage school in an emergency or exceptional situation, such as when a pupil's health or safety is endangered or when repairs are needed to make school facilities safe and habitable.

(c) This section shall not apply to an entity providing any of the services listed in subdivision (a) to a heritage school when the heritage school determines that the employees of the entity will have limited contact with pupils. In determining whether a contract employee has limited contact with pupils, the heritage school shall consider the totality of the circumstances, including factors such as the length of time the contractors will be on school grounds, whether pupils will be in proximity with the site where the contractors will be working, and whether the contractors will be working by themselves or with others. If a heritage school has made this determination, the heritage school shall take appropriate steps to protect the safety of any pupils that may come in contact with these employees.

(d) A heritage school may determine, on a case-by-case basis, to require an entity providing schoolsite services other than those listed in subdivision (a) or those described in Section 33195.3 and the entity's employees to comply with the requirements of this section, unless the heritage school determines that the employees of the entity will have limited contact with pupils. In determining whether a contract employee will have limited contact with pupils, the heritage school shall consider the totality of the circumstances, including factors such as the length of time the contractors will be on school grounds, whether pupils will be in proximity with the site where the contractors will be working, and whether the contractors will be working by themselves or with others. If a heritage school makes this determination, the heritage school shall take appropriate steps to protect the safety of any pupils that may come in contact with these employees. If a heritage school requires an entity providing services other than those listed in subdivision (a) and its employees to comply with the requirements of this section, the Department of Justice shall comply with subdivision (e).

(e) (1) The heritage school contractor shall submit to the Department of Justice fingerprint images and related information required by the Department of Justice of all employees of entities, as identified in subdivisions (a) and (d), that contract with a heritage school, as defined in Section 33195.4, for the purposes of obtaining information as to the existence and content of a record of state or federal convictions and state or federal arrests and also information as to the existence and content of a record of state and federal arrests for which the Department of Justice establishes that the person is free on bail or on his or her own recognizance pending trail or appeal.

(2) When received, the Department of Justice shall forward to the Federal Bureau of Investigation requests for federal summary criminal history information received pursuant to this subdivision. The Department of Justice shall review the information returned from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and compile and disseminate a fitness determination to the heritage school contractor.

(3) The Department of Justice shall provide a state response to the heritage school contractor pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (p) of Section 11105 of the Penal Code.

(4) The heritage school contractor shall request from the Department of Justice subsequent arrest notification service, as provided pursuant to Section 11105.2 of the Penal Code, for employees described in paragraph (1).

(5) The Department of Justice shall charge a fee sufficient to cover the cost of processing the request described in the subdivision.

(f) An entity having a contract as specified in subdivision (a) and an entity required to comply with this section pursuant to subdivision (d) shall not permit an employee to come in contact with pupils until the Department of Justice has ascertained that the employee has not been convicted of a felony as defined in Section 45122.1.

(1) This prohibition does not apply to an employee solely on the basis that the employee has been convicted of a felony if the employee has obtained a certificate of rehabilitation and pardon pursuant to Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 4852.01) of Title 6 of Part 3 of the Penal Code.

(2) This prohibition does not apply to an employee solely on the basis that the employee has been convicted of a serious felony that is not also a violent felony if that employee can prove to the sentencing court of the offense in question, by clear and convincing evidence, that he or she has been rehabilitated for the purposes of schoolsite employment for at least one year. If the offense in question occurred outside this state, then the person may seek a finding of rehabilitation from the court having jurisdiction where he or she is resident.

(g) An entity having a contract as specified in subdivision (a) and an entity required to comply with this section pursuant to subdivision (d) shall certify in writing to the heritage school that neither the employer nor any of its employees who are required by this section to submit or have their fingerprints submitted to the Department of Justice and who may come in contact with pupils have been convicted of a felony as defined in Section 45122.1.

(h) An entity having a contract as specified in subdivision (a) on the effective date of the act adding this section and an entity required to comply with this section pursuant to subdivision (d) by a heritage school with which it has a contract on the effective date of the act adding this section shall complete the requirements of this section within 90 days of that date.

(i) Where reasonable access to the statewide electronic fingerprinting network is available, the Department of Justice may request electronic submission of the fingerprint cards and other information required by this section.

(Added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 286, Sec. 1.)

References:

Education Code 33195.3

Education Code 33195.4

Education Code 45122.1

Penal Code 4852.01 et seq.

Penal Code 11105

Penal Code 11105.2