Are school board members held to the same standard as volunteers in the school district in terms of fingerprinting and background checks?
In their role as elected board members fingerprinting and background checks are not required. However, if individual board members wish to volunteer in the schools then they would be subject to the same policy requirements as any community member. If your policy requires fingerprinting and/or background checks for volunteers then the policy applies to all community members who want to volunteer including board members.
Just to be clear board members are only fingerprinted/background checked if they are volunteering in the schools not for performing their normal role as a board member.