Ketchikan chaperones to get background checks

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Volunteer school chaperones in Ketchikan who accompany students on overnight trips will now have to go through background checks.

Reports say the Ketchikan School Board unanimously approved the policy change at its Wednesday meeting.

Schools Superintendent Robert Boyle says between 30 and 40 parents will be affected.

The Ketchikan School District already requires coaches and teachers to go through background checks. The policy change does not affect members of the U.S. Coast Guard and others with security cards.

The district's human resources director, Rick Rafter, says volunteer chaperones will not be fingerprinted, which is a more expensive process.

The background checks for volunteer chaperones are expected to cost between $80 and several hundred dollars apiece. Boyle says the cost will be paid by the district.