Another important step in ensuring that our students are safe is doing background checks on anyone who will work under CAISL’s authority with our students.
Everyone who does so, paid or voluntary, must have on file (and updated regularly) a "Criminal Record Clearance" specifically for "work with minors." This includes:
- All CAISL employees
- All out-sourced workers (such as bus drivers/monitors; catering, cleaning staff, guard, nursing services)
- Substitute teachers
- Tutors and after-school program providers
- Tournament referees
- Parents who house students from other schools or who volunteer in classrooms or in the library or in any other capacity directly with students on an on-going basis.
A major step in the process of hiring personnel, including new teachers coming from outside of Portugal, is securing this “Criminal Record Clearance.” Those coming from outside Portugal are required to provide this document in advance of hiring from their home countries (for American citizens, this means an FBI clearance). Those permanently based in Portugal do this through local authorities. The hiring process for all staff, including teachers coming from abroad, includes checking with previous employers about the conduct as well as the professional skill and attitude of the applicant for a CAISL position.