Fingerprint records and background checks are required by Washington State law for the following:

  • Applicants who do not possess a valid Washington teaching certificate at the time of application (RCW 28A.410.010)
  • New employees of a school district, an educational service district, state school for the deaf, state school for the blind, and their contractors who have regularly unsupervised access to children be fingerprinted for a background record check. (RCW 28A.400.303)

The background record check consists of a check through the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

The results of the WSP and FBI background check are forwarded to OSPI and are entered into an online Educational Data System (EDS). All school districts, educational service districts, private schools, BIA-funded Native American schools, colleges, and universities in Washington State have access to the EDS and are able to view the results of the WSP and FBI background record check. These are maintained by OSPI’s database for two years.

Bellevue School District will accept fingerprinting, processed within the past two years if the results are available on the OSPI fingerprinting database.

Additional fingerprinting requirements maybe required for specific job assignments.

If you need to complete the fingerprinting process with the Bellevue School District, the fingerprint card and instructions will be given to you during your new hire appointment. At that time, you will also be asked to complete the authorization form for a one-time payroll deduction from your first pay check.