Volunteer Registration and Background Screening Procedures

  • New Volunteers

    Volunteer applicants must complete an online volunteer registration and upload a Government Issued photo ID. A Level 1 (National Background Screening at no cost to the volunteer) will be processed by the District Office of Strategic Partnerships. Please confirm with the Family & Community Liaison at the school if additional Level 2 screening is a requirement for volunteering. When the applicant has been Level 1 background checked approved they will receive an email with the volunteer's user ID and password to log their volunteer hours in the volunteer system. A volunteer must pass the Level 1 background check before moving forward with the Level 2 process.

    Volunteers are required to sign in at the front office and wear a volunteer name tag or badge at all times while on campus or at a school sponsored event. All Level 1 Volunteers must wear a volunteer name tag and all Level 2 volunteers must wear their Level 2 badge. All Level 1 volunteers will be escorted to and from their volunteer destination and will be in eyesight of a PCSB Employee or Level 2 volunteer. 

    Returning Volunteers

    You do not need to complete the online volunteer registration again.  Please make sure you activate your volunteer profile in the volunteer system prior to volunteering https://focus.pcsb.org/volunteer If you need assistance with your username or password, or if your child is attending a new school, please contact the school based Family & Community Liaison

    Level 2 Volunteers

    If volunteers are unsupervised with students (unsupervised contact such as: field trips; overnight fieldtrips, taking a group of students on a tour etc.,) or the school requires an additional level of screening (fingerprint screening processed through the FBI/FDLE - Federal Bureau of Investigation and Florida Department of Law Enforcement) please follow the Level 2 process below. 

    • Volunteers must be approved Level I in the volunteer system before obtaining a Level 2 fingerprint screening. The screening vendors are listed below.
      • Volunteers will need to bring a Government Issued ID and provide a social security number to the vendor.
    • The fingerprint results will be sent to the Office of Strategic Partnerships within 5 business days. The volunteer's profile will be updated to Level 2 upon receipt of the results. Please contact the school you volunteer at to confirm your profile has been updated to Level 2.
    • The Family & Community Liaison will give you the necessary paperwork to acquire your Level 2 photo ID badge. 
      • Please wear your Level 2 photo ID badge when on the school campus or school sponsored events.
    • Level 2 screenings are valid for five years. All level 2 volunteers will need to be rescreened prior to/or after the five-year expiration date if you wish to continue volunteering in an unsupervised capacity. 

     

    Recommended Level 2 Fingerprint Vendors for Volunteers Only

    Biometric Information Management
    11590 Seminole Blvd Suite B-1, Seminole, FL 33778 - PH 727-478-0749 – Hours: M-F 9:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M. - Sat 9:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Volunteers must call the number above to schedule an appointment. Fee $43.50 - Debit/Credit, Cash (exact change please).  You may go to https://www.bioinfomgt.com/fingerprinting/florida-fingerprinting-scheduling/ to complete the form and submit payment ahead of time.    
     
    Goin' Postal
    35595 US Hwy 19N (behind Longhorn Steakhouse), Palm Harbor, FL 34684 - Tel: 727-437-0242 Hours: Monday ~ Friday 9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Fee $43.50.  You may go to https://www.bioinfomgt.com/fingerprinting/florida-fingerprinting-scheduling/ to complete the form and submit payment ahead of time.  
     
    EZ FingerPrints 
    1725 East Bay Drive, Suite D, Largo, FL -Phone: 727-479-0805 - Walk-ins are welcome. - Monday – Friday 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. No appointment needed. Fee $48.00
     
    Postal Annex

    2520 N. McMullen Booth Rd. Ste. B., Clearwater, FL Tel: 727-400-6801 - Hours: Monday ~ Friday 9:00 A.M. ~ 5:00 P.M. or Saturday 9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Walk-ins are welcome. Fee $48.00 - American Express not accepted.
     
    **  If you are active military or a member of a local law enforcement agency, you may send a notarized letter from your personnel department confirming you were FBI/FDLE screened and cleared.  The letter should include the date of the screening, your full legal name, your birth date, and the last 4 of your Social Security Number (SSN).  Please send the letter to volunteer@pcsb.org 
     

    Screening Procedures (other than volunteers) 

    In addition to our PCS volunteers, fingerprinting services for other categories are divided into six subgroups: PCS New hires, PCS College Student Interns, Charter School Employees, Charter School Volunteers, and Vendors/Contractors. Fees vary and the FDLE/FBI report results are group specific, so please review the information below and follow the instructions for the appropriate category carefully.  NOTE: If you are being paid, you are not a volunteer.  
     
    Employees new to Pinellas County Schools - Administrators, Instructional Staff including Part-time Hourly and Substitutes, Supporting Services, Alternative Staff (coaches), Contracted Services Employees (CSE’s with the appropriate paperwork). CSE’s are not to be confused with a vendor/contractor or vice versa. CSE’s are PCS employees and receive a paycheck from Pinellas County Schools.  Fieldprint, Inc. is the service provider for this group.  Follow these procedures: New employees will be notified by HR staff when it is appropriate for them to log into the Pinellas County Schools district website to schedule their fingerprinting. Click on: PCS HR Fingerprinting Page and follow the instructions. The department to contact with questions is Human Resources, 727-588-6000 x1936  
     
    College Student Interns – College Students who are beginning any practicum, internship, field experience, or any type of observations must be registered and Level 2 fingerprinted prior to completing any educational course requirements. Level 2 applies to all school levels.  Please complete the Student Intern Security Check Form with a copy of your government issued identification. Faxed, emailed or scanned copies are not acceptable, only original forms will be accepted. Click on this link: PCS HR Fingerprinting Page and follow the instructions. If you have questions regarding student internships contact Debra Cucchiara, 727-588-5136 or email: CUCCHIARAD@PCSB.ORG
     
    Charter School Employees - Fieldprint, Inc. is the service provider for this group. Follow these procedures: New charter school employees will be notified by their charter schools when it is appropriate for them to log into the Pinellas County Schools district website to schedule their fingerprinting. Click on: PCS HR Fingerprinting Page Follow the instructions found on this web page. The person to contact with questions is Valarie Dolpin, 727-588-6391.
     
    Charter School Volunteers - Please contact the Charter School for the VECHS ORI Number before you go to get your Level II screening done.   
     

    Vendor and Contractors for Pinellas County Schools
    Fieldprint is the service provider for this group. This vendor/contractor group includes individuals, companies and organizations that are directly or indirectly contracted to provide services and goods to the district. The staff of these companies and organizations are not paid as employees of Pinellas County Schools. Vendor/Contractors will be notified by their employers when it is appropriate for them to log into Fieldprint website to schedule their appointment for fingerprinting. Vendor/Contractors will follow these procedures for Contractor Badge Instructions.  For questions, contact Pinellas County Schools Police – Patricia Cross at 727-547-7279.