Polk County Public Schools has an outstanding volunteer program. Investing in our schools helps students succeed. To learn more, check out the Polk County Schools Volunteer Website or contact the Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships at (863) 534-0636.
Becoming a Volunteer
The security of our students is a primary concern. Volunteers pay a non refundable fee of $25.00 to cover the cost of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement background check. Payment is made by certified check or money order payable to the Polk County School Board and submitted with a volunteer application at the school site. Check with your school and make sure you are not already on the approved volunteer list.
Changes to the Volunteer Program
Starting Nov. 1, 2018, the price for Polk County Public Schools volunteer background checks will increase from $25 to $40.
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: a national background check, Social Security number verification, address verification, multiple name/alias check and terror watch list check.
Volunteers are required to reapply and renew their background check every five years from the date of their application approval.
As a benefit of the new system coming in November, volunteers will be able to apply and make payments online, and the application process will be faster and more efficient.
For now, those wishing to become an approved volunteer should print an application, fill it out, and submit it to the school where you would like to volunteer.
Please see the attached flyer for more information