Background Screening Guidelines

The Jessica Lunsford Act

On May 2, 2005, the Jessica Lunsford Act was signed into legislation. This Act provided several safeguards to protect Florida's children from sexual predators. In addition to toughening the regulation of registered offenders, this Act expanded the background check requirements for school districts to include all contracted workers and consultants. 

This law enables the school district to better protect the children in its care. In addition, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement agreed to implement a database to track arrests of school district employees and contractors and notify the school districts when an employee is arrested. This new tracking system will help ensure that the children in our schools remain safe.


Screening Guidelines

The Palm Beach County School District will not hire any applicant who has been convicted of certain disqualifying offenses. For further information, please select the below link that is most appropriate for your job description. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Memorandum regarding the Utilization of Florida Shared School Results (FSSR) Exclusively for Contractors has also been included for your interest.

If you were denied employment on the basis of your background check and would like to appeal the decision, please contact the Office of Professional Standards at (561) 434-8873. 

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