Volunteer Changes

VOLUNTEER NOW Background check fee will increase in November. Apply now before it does!  Starting Nov. 2018, the price for Polk County Public Schools’ volunteer background checks will increase from $25 to $40.

WHY THE INCREASE? To coincide with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, we’re tightening security measures to protect our students, faculty and staff. The increased price for background checks will include:

• National background check • Social Security number verification

• Address verification

• Multiple name/alias check

• Terror watch list check

OTHER CHANGES • Volunteers are now required to reapply and renew their background check every  5 years from the date of their application approval.* If your background check is outdated, or if you do not have a background check on file, you will not be able to volunteer after the new RAPTOR Volunteer Management System goes into effect in November. APPLY NOW.

• Volunteers will be able to apply and make payments online.**

• Volunteer application process will be faster and more efficient.**

TO START THE PROCESS AND BECOME AN APPROVED VOLUNTEER: Visit polkschoolsfl.com/getinvolved, print an application, fill it out and submit it to the school where you would like to volunteer.

*Current Polk County Public Schools employees and students, college students majoring in education, and active and sworn law enforcement officers are exempt from fees, but must reapply annually. **Online application and payment options, and faster application processing, will be available once the new RAPTOR Volunteer Management System has been implemented