04/09/2014 06:33 EDT | Updated 06/09/2014 05:59 EDT

TDSB eyes more police checks on parent volunteers

The Toronto District School Board will debate Wednesday night whether all parent volunteers should go through police background checks. 

Proponents say the checks will make schools and students safer, but others worry the cost and hassle will deter some parents from pitching in. 

"We don't want to deter parent involvement," said Chris Glover, TDSB trustee for Etobicoke-Centre. 

"It takes two weeks to get a police record check in York Region. It takes up to six months in Toronto," he said. "We need to converse with police to make this an efficient process."

Donna Quan, the director of education for TDSB, says police checks aren’t new — some 50,000 parents have had them done in the last 10 years. What has been unclear until now is what kind of volunteers should be checked. 

"We're doing this because we want to ensure that we not compromise student safety in any way, not even for a moment," Quan said.