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UPDATE: August 3 CPS fingerprinting deadline

by ctu communications  |  07/20/2018

The Union has learned that Chicago Public Schools is requiring employees who need to be re-fingerprinted to do so by August 3, 2018. The district claims the truncated timeline is to ensure that everyone completes the process prior to the first day of classes, but unfortunately, the lack of foresight in its original announcement now constitutes an emergency for 208-day employees who may be out of town and unable to complete the process in the upcoming weeks.

CTU staff and leadership have been in regular contact with CPS about this, and have advocated for rational changes to the roll-out of this process. We have asked that educators be given time for fingerprinting during their August professional development days before students report, and that there be no adverse consequences for members who cannot get their fingerprinting complete by August 3. CPS has acknowledged that there are valid reasons why employees may not be able to complete the process by August 3, and has assured the Union that there will be other opportunities to complete re-fingerprinting—including during the week of professional development at the end of August.

If you cannot meet the August 3 deadline due to extenuating circumstances, please send an email with your information to immediately and CPS will work with you directly. Let the Union know right away if CPS sends an unreasonable response or if you encounter delays at fingerprinting sites. Keep all CTU and CPS emails for your records, and we will continue to keep you updated on changes in the process and advocate for rational responses to important concerns about student safety.

If you are not traveling and still need fingerprinting, please read this document immediately for updates on the district's fingerprinting sites. CPS employees may visit any Accurate Biometrics location to have your fingerprints scanned—not just CPS sites. Please click here to find the Accurate Biometrics location nearest you.

When you visit an Accurate Biometrics location to have your fingerprints re-scanned, please bring the form below and state-issued photo ID. This will ensure your background check is charged to CPS and properly tracked.

Thank you to all of the members who have raised complaints and concerns about this process.

Accurate Biometrics form for CPS employees

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