Nevada district’s background check policy is discriminatory, civil rights group says

December 11, 2018

Civil rights and immigrant community leaders condemned a Washoe County School District policy for all parents visiting schools. All visitors to district properties must have a government-issued photo ID card that will then be used to conduct an immediate background report. Principals would have the right to exclude people from campus and report people to the police.

Civil rights and immigrant community leaders sent a letter to Washoe County School District Superintendent Traci Davis condemning a plan to background check all parents visiting their children’s schools.

The new policy, approved by the school board in November, will require all visitors to district properties to have a government-issued photo identification card.

The ID card, such as a driver’s license or passport, will be used to conduct an immediate background report to check for sex offenders, warrants and people on the FBI terrorist list. Principals would have the right to exclude people from campus based on the background check and the school could report people to the police.