Anyone who would like to volunteer for any WYBA activity must submit a CORI Form for a background check by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It must be approved before you can perform any volunteer activities and the approval process may take up to six weeks.
It is a good idea for all parents (both Moms and Dads) and Guardians to submit a CORI Form early so that the requirement will not keep you from volunteering for any activities.
If you submitted a CORI Form last year, you are still eligible to volunteer. If you are not sure if you submitted a form previously, submit one just to be sure. WYBA, in accordance with Commonwealth law, will request that each volunteer re-submit a CORI Form every two years to keep his or her approval current.
To download the form, please click here. After you have filled out the form you can scan it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to the address below:
P.O. Box 301
Walpole, MA 02081
Attention: CORI Form
All information provided in the forms will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be reviewed by the President of the WYBA.
What is a CORI Form and why does it take six weeks to process?
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ “Act Further Protecting Children” (Chapter 385 of the Acts of 2002) took effect on February 25, 2003. It requires that all volunteers who may have direct and unmonitored contact with students submit to and pass a criminal background check. This includes any adult who plans to volunteer for any WYBA activity.
The background check will be conducted through the completion of a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Form. After you submit the form, it will be forwarded to the Criminal Systems History Board (CHSB). Adults for whom the WYBA has not yet received approval by the CHSB may not volunteer for any WYBA activities. Therefore, it is essential that forms be filled out far enough in advance for the WYBA to submit the form, for the CHSB to review the form, and then for the school to receive approval. This entire process can take up to six weeks.
If you are a coach or an adult volunteer you must fill this form and return it to WYBA as soon as possible.
If there is a problem with your CORI submission, you will be contacted by the President of the WYBA.