Volunteer BCI Checks

Dear Volunteers and Potential Volunteers,

Thank you for your interest in volunteering in the Lincoln
Public Schools.  The Lincoln Public Schools
appreciates the volunteers who do so much for our students and teachers each
and every day. 

Rhode Island General Laws §16-2-18.4 now requires all school
volunteers to undergo a state criminal background check before they can
volunteer in any public school in Lincoln. 
This means that criminal background checks must be provided by every
volunteer.  If you are interested in
volunteering in Lincoln Schools, (i.e. chaperoning field trips, table hosting,
reading to a class), you must go to the Lincoln Police Station, the North
Scituate State Police Headquarters or the RI Attorney General’s Bureau of
Criminal Identification office, to apply for the statewide criminal background

The Lincoln Police will perform the background check without
an appointment, free of charge for Lincoln residents.  If you do the background check at the State
Police Headquarters or the RI Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal
Identification office, the cost for the background check is $5.00 and must be
paid by the volunteer when requesting the background check.   Please
note that the sealed document from the police department will be sent to you up
to a week after you request the background check and will state whether the
background check is clean.  If the
background check is not clean, the document will state that there is
disqualifying information, without disclosing the nature of the disqualifying
information. For a list of offenses that are considered “disqualifying
information,” please see Rhode Island General Laws Sections 23-17-37,
11-37-8.1, and 11-37-8.3.

Please understand that the Attorney General’s Office does
not accept cash so you must bring a check or a money order.  The North Scituate State Police Headquarters
requires an appointment for a criminal background check so you must call (401)

You are advised to obtain a BCI check as soon as possible
and keep in mind that it could take up to a week for you to receive the
document. You only need one background check to work in all of the Lincoln’s
Schools. Please give the original form to your principal who will forward it to
Central Administration for recording.  A
database of approved volunteers will be available for every school so if you have
children in other schools, the principal will confirm your status through the

Again, please note that you must obtain a BCI check PRIOR to volunteering in our
schools. Therefore, we encourage you to obtain a BCI as soon as possible.

 Thank you for your
cooperation.  Please do not hesitate to
call the school office or the Lincoln Police at (401) 333-1111 if you have any

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Lincoln Public Schools

1624 Lonsdale Avenue, Lincoln RI 02865

Phone 401.721.3300 Fax 401.724.4121