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									                Pre-Employment & Post-Offer Background Checks

The goal of the Sarasota County School Board (the “District”) is to hire the best-qualified
candidates for all jobs while, at the same time, ensure the on-going safety of our
students. To that end, the District does a comprehensive pre-employment background
check that includes the following components:

Pre-Employment:

       Security Background Check Form (applicant is asked to disclose criminal history
       and final disposition of any charges).

       As part of the application process, the applicant is asked to disclose past
       terminations, disciplinary actions, and sanctions against professional licenses,
       including suspension and revocation.

       For Instructional applicants:
              Three professional written references (completed using the District’s
              standard reference form) one of which must be from the applicant’s
              current supervisor. If the applicant is graduating from college and has no
              current work experience, the references may come from the applicant’s
              Director of Interns, supervising teachers, and major professors.

       For Administrative & Classified applicants:
             Three professional written references (completed using the District’s
             standard reference form) one of which must be from the applicant’s
             current or previous supervisor. If no current supervisor is provided, the
             supervisor will be called prior to a finalized job offer.

       Official transcripts and copies of teaching certificates for all positions requiring a
       college degree and/or certification.

Post-Interview / Pre-offer:

       Check Florida Department of Education website for prior reports to the
       Professional Practices Commission.

Post-Offer:

       One telephone reference check (from the applicant’s current supervisor).

       Drug screen (urinalysis) to ensure a drug-free workplace.

       Physical to ensure fitness for duty - results of physicals within the last twelve
       (12) months may be used.

       Fingerprinting (results include Florida Department of Law Enforcement and FBI
       checks).

       Mandatory attendance at New Employee Orientation with topics to include:
       liability, negligence, compliance, Bloodbourne Pathogens, Code of Ethics,
       discrimination, and sexual harassment.
         Pre-Employment & Post-Offer Background Checks (continued)

In reviewing Security Background Check forms and fingerprint results, the District
enforces the following:

       The District will not hire an applicant with a misdemeanor record (including any
       conviction, finding of guilt, withholding of adjudication, commitment to a pretrial
       diversion program, or entering a plea of guilty or Nolo Contendere) for any
       criminal offense within the last five (5) years other than a “minor” traffic
       violation. Note that DUI and DWI convictions are not considered as “minor”.

       The District will not hire an applicant with a felony record (including any
       conviction, finding of guilt, withholding of adjudication, commitment to a pretrial
       diversion program, or entering a plea of guilty or Nolo Contendere) for any
       criminal offense within the last ten (10) years.

       The District will not hire an applicant with a felony record that involves crimes
       of violence, drugs, sex, the elderly, the disabled, or children no matter how
       long ago the applicant was convicted.

A falsified application will eliminate an applicant from further consideration
for employment.

Please refer to the list of criminal offenses considered before employment is offered.
Please note that this list is not meant to be all-inclusive.

For more detailed information regarding these procedures, please visit or call our Human
Resources Department at 941-927-9000 x31200.


Background Checks
I. For the purposes of these guidelines, criminal conviction includes:

       Finding of guilty conviction by a jury or court
       Forfeiture of bail, bond, or other security deposit intended to secure appearance
       Payment of a fine
       A plea of nolo contendere
       Imposition of a deferred or suspended sentence
       Adjudication withheld
       Plea of no contest
       Pre-trial intervention

II. Felony Record

   Will consider if conviction is more than ten years old:

       Felony level crimes that do not involve drugs, sex, violence, children, the elderly,
       or the disabled.
Will not hire felony convictions including, but not limited to:

Crimes (Violence)
    Aggravated assault
    Aggravated battery
    Aiding in an escape
    Arson
    Battery on a detention or commitment facility staff member
    Carrying a concealed weapon
    Criminal mischief
    Depriving a law enforcement, correctional, or correctional probation officer
    means of protection or communication
    Domestic violence
    False imprisonment
    Forgery
    Harboring, concealing, or aiding an escaped prisoner
    Inflicting cruel or inhumane treatment on an inmate resulting in great bodily
    harm
    Introducing contraband into detention or correctional facilities
    Kidnapping
    Manslaughter or aggravated manslaughter
    Murder
    Resisting arrest with or without violence
    Theft, robbery, burglary, larceny, and related crimes, if offense is a felony
    Vehicular homicide

Crimes (Involving the elderly or disabled)
    Adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation of aged persons
    Exploitation

Crimes (Involving children)
    Aiding in the escape of juvenile inmates in correctional institutions
    Assault of a minor
    Battery to a minor
    Carrying a child beyond state lines with criminal intent to avoid producing a child
    at a custody hearing or delivering the child to a designated person
    Child abuse, aggravated child abuse, or neglect of a child
    Contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a child
    Encouraging or recruiting another to join a criminal gang
    Exhibiting a firearm or weapon within 1,000 feet of a school
    Killing an unborn child by injury to the mother
    Negligent treatment of a child
    Possessing an electric weapon or device, destructive device, or other weapon on
    school property
    Prohibited acts of persons in familial or custody authority
    Taking, enticing, or removing a child beyond state limits with criminal intent

Crimes (Sex related)
    Abuse, aggravated abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elderly person or
    disabled adult
    Incest
    Lewd and indecent exposure
       Lewd and lascivious behavior
       Lewd and lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of an elderly
       person or disabled adult
       Obscene literature
       Prostitution
       Sexual battery
       Sexual misconduct in juvenile justice programs
       Sexual misconduct with developmentally disabled
       Sexual misconduct with mental health patients
       Sexual performance by a child
       Any other sex related felony

Crimes (Drugs and alcohol)
       All felony drug convictions
       Fraudulent sale of controlled substances
       Multiple DUIs
       Possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia

III. Misdemeanor Record

   Will consider if charge is more than five years old:

       Any misdemeanor crime (including findings of guilty, pleas of nolo contendere,
       withheld adjudication, pretrial diversion programs) except those that involve
       crimes against children
       Forgery
       Misdemeanor drug or paraphernalia use or possession
       Multiple DUIs
       Resisting arrest without violence
       Trespassing

IV. Other

   Will consider on a case-by-case basis:

       Pending cases
       Violation of city ordinances/traffic offenses not listed above
       Any crime not listed above

								
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