Greetings, We appreciate your interest in volunteering in Polk County Public Schools. Our schools offer a variety of volunteer opportunities you may choose from when volunteering your time.All volunteer applicants will be required to undergo a criminal background screen every five (5) years from the date of approval. Because Polk County Public Schools values student safety and security, prior conduct may disqualify a volunteer applicant. To meet the required search criteria of Section 943.04351, Florida Statutes, for information regarding sexual predators and sexual offenders, schools must complete a criminal background screen. Accordingly, applicants will not be approved as school volunteers for the following reasons: 1. Convicted of or had adjudication withheld for any felony offense, at any time; 2. Convicted of or had adjudication withheld for any misdemeanor within the past three (3) years; or 3. Any pending criminal charges of a crime that would disqualify the applicant from employment with Polk County Public Schools. Review the qualifications above carefully before submitting your application. Once you submit your volunteer application and upon approval you will receive notification on next steps.It is very important that the information you enter on the application matches your government issued identification card including your full legal name. It is important that you provide a valid email address so you can be notified as to the status of your application and for future communication. If you are unable to provide an email address, please contact your school's volunteer coordinator. Polk County Public Schools is subject to laws governing the release of public records, including Florida Statutes Chapter 119.If you have any questions about the application, please contact the Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships at 863.457.4708, Option 2 (Volunteers). Thank you, The Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships
***Active and sworn law enforcement officers with arresting power, current PCPS employees, registered PCPS students and college students majoring in EDUCATION (college student must be pre-screened through the district's Pre-Employment Services dept.) are EXEMPT from paying the background check fee. If you are EXEMPT, please click here https://polkschoolsfl.com/exemptvolunteers/.
By providing your signature, you are agreeing to abide by Polk County Public Schools Volunteer Program policy and that you have read the Fair Credit Reporting Act. To read and print your copy of the FCRA disclaimer, please click on the link below. The volunteer activities you have selected require you to provide your United States social security number so we can perform a required criminal background screen. Your social security number will only be used for this purpose and we do not retain this information.
Fair Credit Reporting Act
A criminal background check is required and there is a $25.00 fee associated with the screening. Payment is necessary to complete your volunteer application.
Your volunteer application has been successfully submitted and will be reviewed per the district’s volunteer policy. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your application to be processed. You will be notified by email as to the status of your application. If you have any questions, please contact the volunteer coordinator at the school where you want to volunteer.