Required CORI/SORI Checks
In furtherance of the protection of our students and according to Newton Public Schools policy as well as compliance with Massachusetts General Laws; all volunteers, contractors, accompanists, stipend positions, food service employee, after-school program employees, etc. must complete CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Registry Information) checks before volunteering, working, providing assistance and/or services in our schools.
To complete a CORI/SORI check, please visit any Newton school at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled school visit. You must have a non-expired, government-issued photo ID available. The process should take approximately 5-10 minutes. You may complete the CORI/SORI forms in advance and bring them with you to the school.
Background checks are valid for three fiscal years from the date of approval. You only need to be checked once in Newton for all Newton school visits. Since different standards may apply in other locations, background checks conducted for other towns/school districts are not sufficient.
Questions regarding this procedure can be directed to the Human Resources Office at 617-559-6005.
Although generally restricted to active employees of Newton Public Schools, an email account, computer login, emergency phone and text notifications, and an ID badge can also be provided to student teachers and other temporary personnel who will be working in the schools for a period of one semester or longer, are required to have such access to perform their work, and are approved by the School’s Principal. An ID badge can be provided to after school program employees. A CORI/SORI check must be completed prior to issuance of NPS accounts and ID badges.