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Jessica Lunsford Act
On September 1, 2005, Florida enacted a new law known as the Jessica Lunsford Act. This law was passed in response to perceived public concerns regarding the tragic abduction and slaying of Jessica Lunsford. The perpetrator was a convicted sexual offender, and the new law seeks to screen those with access to the school grounds to attempt to prevent a future tragedy of this nature. This new law requires a Level 2 screening (which includes fingerprinting, state-wide criminal and juvenile justice records checked through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and federal criminal records through the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and may also include a local criminal record check through the local law enforcement agency).

View Technical Assistance Paper for the Jessica Lunsford Act

View SBHC Letter to Vendors

 
Fingerprint Requirements
Fingerprinting and screening are required for all contractors of the school board, all subcontractors of such contractors, and all employees of such contractors and/or subcontractors.  You will be required to complete this screening when you or any one of your employees or agents will:
  1. Go into the school when students are present; or
  2. Have direct contact with students; or
  3. Have access to or control of school funds
As a vendor and contractor with the School Board of Highlands County, if you have no personnel who meet any of these criteria, the law does not apply to you, and you do not need to do anything. The requirements of this new law must be met in order for the School Board to continue working with you.
 
Level II Background Clearance Exemptions
As of July 1, 2007 Florida Statute has provided some exemptions to the Level II background screening requirements. Please see the revised Senate Bill for a complete description of the changes.
There are a few exemptions from the Level II background clearance checks. Furthermore, there is a greater level of responsibility being placed back on you as the vendor as well as your employees. An employee with a criminal arrest for any of the above offenses is, required by law, to notify you immediately and they are NOT allowed on school property. You in turn MUST report the arrest within 48 hours to Jodi Lee, Manager of the Human Resources Department of the SBHC by calling 863-471-5733. That employee’s access is then immediately suspended and you must confirm this to the SBHC. Based on current language, a violation of this requirement on the part of your employee, or yourself is a 3rd degree felony, punishable by a term of imprisonment up to 5 years (s. 775.082) and/or a fine up to $5,000 (s. 775.083).

 

IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING PROBATION...
YOU WILL NOT BE APPROVED AS A VENDOR

 

Clearance Fees

     

    Vendor Fingerprinting & Background Screening - Effective July 15, 2013, all vendors will be required to complete fingerprinting and background screening at an off-site location. Vendors will need to call 863.471.5791 for registration instructions. All clearance fees are the responsibility of the vendor.

    Vendor ID Badge - Effective July 15, 2013, all vendors will be required to photograph for a Highlands County indentification badge at an off-site location. Vendors will need to call 863.471.5791 for registration instructions. All badging fees are the responsibility of the vendor. Highlands County Vendor identificaiton badges must be worn at all times, at all locations.

  • FINGERPRINTING FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
 

 

THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITY AND VETERAN'S PREFERENCE EMPLOYER

 

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