Maintenance and Access to Records

The Superintendent or designee shall manage the maintenance of personnel records in accordance with state and federal law and School Board policy. Records, as determined by the Superintendent, are retained for all employment applicants, employees, and former employees given the need for the District to document employment-related decisions, evaluate program and staff effectiveness, and comply with government recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Personnel records shall be maintained in the District’s administrative office, under the Superintendent’s direct supervision.

Access to personnel records is available as follows:

  1. An employee will be given access to the employee’s personnel records according to state law and guidelines developed by the Superintendent.
  2. An employee’s supervisor or other management employee who has an employment or business-related reason to inspect the record is authorized to have access.
  3. Anyone having the respective employee’s written consent may have access.
  4. Access will be granted to anyone authorized by state or federal law to have access.
  5. All other requests for access to personnel information are governed by Board policy 2:250, Access to District Public Records.

Prospective Employer Inquiries Concerning a Current or Former Employee’s Job Performance

The Superintendent or designee shall manage a process for responding to inquiries by a prospective employer concerning a current or former employee’s job performance. The Superintendent shall:

  1. Execute the requirements in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act whenever another school district asks for a reference concerning an applicant who is or was a District employee and was the subject of a report made by a District employee to Ill. Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS); and
  2. Comply with the federal law prohibiting the District from assisting an employee, contractor, or agent that District knows, or has probable cause to believe, has engaged in sexual misconduct regarding a student or minor in violation of the law, with obtaining a new job. The Superintendent or designee may follow routine procedures regarding the transmission of administrative or personnel files for that employee without violating this policy.
  3. Manage the District's responses to employer requests for sexual misconduct related employment history review (EHR) information in accordance with Faith’s Law.
When requested for information about an employee by an entity other than a prospective employer, the District will only confirm position and employment dates unless the employee has submitted a written request to the Superintendent or designee.

Adopted: June 18, 1998
Revised: January 20, 2009, March 23, 2015; December 16, 2019; February 27, 2023; June 12, 2023
Reviewed: February 26, 2024