Why do we require fingerprint record checks for K-12 education employment and certification?

Fingerprint-based background checks help to safeguard children and strengthen public confidence in the integrity of public and private education. Fingerprint clearance is a practicum, internship and certification requirement. Woodring College of Education is mandated under strict legal and contractual agreements to insure that our students have educational fingerprint clearance. The law is detailed here: RCW 28A.410.010.