Our principal has told us that that the district now requires any parent who wants to come on campus and help in your class - even if they are under the direct supervision of the teacher - to be fingerprinted and have a background check at a cost (to them) of around $70. This includes any parent who wants to go on a field trip, or even attend a class birthday party. We're not talking about checking the Megan's Law Database to see if they are a sex offender. We're talking holding parent volunteers to the same standard for criminal background checks as school employees. But here's something else. Our stated board policy, and the school district website say the following: Volunteers who work under the direct supervision of WUSD staff and are never alone with students, and who are not developing individual mentoring relationships with students, do not need fingerprint clearance; however, the sex offender clearance described above applies. So on Tuesday we're going on a walking field trip. No parents in my class have had the background check. I have to walk 20 kids over a mile and cross a six lane busy street. According to the edict, I cannot allow any parent of any child in my class to accompany me. I have a huge problem with this. First of all, it's dangerous. Getting 20 first graders through a very busy intersection is something I'm not even sure how I will do. Normally, we take a stop sign and have one parent to on each side of the street to control the kids. Second, I'm not sure if I can even legally say to a parent they can't come. We are walking in on a public street to a public place. Show me where I have the authority to tell a parent of a student they cannot walk with our class. Our district does not provide buses for field trips. They don't allow parents to drive. Now we can't even go someplace within walking distance.