Pinellas Sports Officials Association: FHSAA BACKGROUND CHECK

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A NEW STATE OF FLORIDA BACKGROUND / FINGERPRINTING APPLICATION!!

 
 Procedures for Obtaining a Florida Public Schools Contractor Badge in Pinellas County! 

UPDATE as of APRIL 28, 2014
   

Effective Monday, April 28, 2014, Pinellas County Schools has a new vendor to fingerprint and produce badges for all contractors/vendors doing work for Pinellas County Schools.  The new vendor is Fieldprint.   To get started, please visit http://fieldprintflorida.com/ and click on the Red button on the right side of the page that says “Schedule an Appointment”. You will need to either sign up as a “New User” or, if you’ve already registered with Fieldprint, please sign in.  Once you are signed in, please click the RED link “I know my Fieldprint Code” and use one of the following codes: For a full submission (fingerprinting and a badge) use the code FPPCSVendors.  For a badge only (FSSR requests, lost or broken badges) use the code FPPCSBadge.   The new cost for a full submission is $87.00 (from $93.85).  The cost for an FSSR or replacement badge is $10.00.   If you schedule an appointment and do not show up for your appointment, you will be charged a $10.00 fee.  You must cancel/change your appointment 24 hours prior to your scheduled time to avoid paying this fee.   You may contact Fieldprint customer service either by telephone at (877) 614-4364 or you may e-mail them at CustomerService@fieldprint.com 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Annette Reynolds or Patricia Cross at 727-547-7279. You may also reach us by e-mail at reynoldsa@pcsb.org or crossp@pcsb.org.    

 

 

 

 

 The law created a statewide identification badge, which must be recognized and accepted by all school districts. The DOE established a uniform cost of no more than $10 a school district may charge for the statewide badge. The cost of the screening itself is still left up to the individual school district. The game official must return the badge to the issuing school district within 48 hours if arrested for any qualifying offense. No other statutory provisions have been changed other that the fact that the badges must be uniform statewide, the cost must be uniform statewide and all school districts must recognize and accept the statewide badge no matter which district issued the badge to the official. The statutory “line of sight” provisions are still in effect, for those school districts that choose that option for compliance. Even if previous to this law you have a background screening badge, you still MUST pay the $10 to obtain the new badge and it will be the only acceptable badge. The badge is valid for up to five (5) years from date of issuance, but must coincide with the validity of the background screening. Those persons with a retained criminal history background check do not have to submit to a new criminal history background check unless and until it has expired. The expiration date of this new statewide badge will coincide with the expiration date of the currently retained criminal history background check, and thus may have a validity period of less than five (5) years.

             

What is Level 2 Background Screening? Level 2 background screening as set forth in Florida Statutes § 1012.32 requires that fingerprints be submitted to the Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for state processing and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for federal processing. It may also include a local criminal records check through local law enforcement agencies. Section 1012.32 provides that individuals subject to the background screening requirement who are found to have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude shall not be employed or serve in any position requiring direct contact with students. Conviction, for the purposes of this law, means the person has been found guilty of, regardless of adjudication, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to a crime involving moral turpitude.


What are Crimes of Moral Turpitude?

According to the Florida Department of Education's (DOE) Technical Assistance Paper on the Jessica Lunsford Act, the "crimes of moral turpitude" standard is the same standard school districts have previously used for their own employees. Florida Administrative Code Rule 6B-4.009(6) provides that a crime of moral turpitude is "a crime that is evidenced by an act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in the private or social duties, which, according to the accepted standards of the time a man owes to his or her fellow man or to society in general, and the doing of the act itself and not its prohibition by statute fixes the moral turpitude." This is the standard that many school districts have applied to their own employees. Thus, in effect, the law now holds all contractual employees to the same standards as the school district's own employees with regard to background screening.

 

 

  **BACKGROUND SCREENING REQUIREMENTS DOCUMENT ON "PSOA DOCUMENTS" PAGE**

 

      

**PSOA Officials MUST show their state approved badge to the school representative in charge at game site in order to officiate game(s)**

 

  



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