Here’s a perfect example of why background checks should be completed before you make a hiring decision. These are the events that make the point:
A first-grade teacher was hired on September 29th and started work in the classroom on October 1st. On October 24th the State Police were asked to begin a requested background check on the teacher. However, the State Police didn’t begin the check until November 19th. It wasn’t until December 5th that the teacher was placed on leave after the school received the report from the State Police that she had been charged with distribution of heroin! As it turned out, the teacher was charged in December 2013, but wasn’t arrested until the following September. The teacher resigned on December 15, 2014.
If you’re a parent, all you have to do is ask yourself if you would want your child in the same classroom with someone charged with heroin distribution. This is a perfect example of precisely why it’s important to do a background check – and have the results in hand – before making a hiring decision!