School Volunteer Clearance

There are four things we require of every Campus Coach to volunteer with First Priority.

  1. Completed Coach Commitment
  2. Cleared Background Check
  3. Pastoral Reference Commendation
  4. School Volunteer Registration

To initiate the first three steps, simply fill out our Coach Commitment form. The fourth and final step is not actually with us, but with the school itself. Every year every Campus Coach and/or guest speaker must register as a volunteer with the school. The procedure varies by county. Click on your country below and follow the instructions provided:

Broward County

  • Go to www.browardschools.com/getinvolved and click on “Online Volunteer Application” at the top of the page.
  • If you volunteered last year and have received an email from the school board granting you an automatic renewal, you need not re-register.
  • If you’re a new volunteer (coach) or you volunteered last year but did NOT receive an email from the School Board, you must register.
  • Click on “click here to proceed with your application”
  • In order to go any farther you must check both boxes giving the Broward County School Board the right to do a criminal background check of you and certifying that you are over 18 years of age.
  • Begin filling in appropriate information (Social Security # is not mandatory)
  • When you get to the question “How recruited” – check off “Employer”
  • When you get to “Preferred grade level” – check both “6-8” and “9-12” (which will allow you to go to both High Schools and Middle Schools)
  • “School Preference” – Choose the school where you will get your volunteer badge.
  • “Availability” – keep it simple list one or two days and times
  • “Areas of Interest” – check “Classroom Speaker” and “Student Clubs/Activities”
  • Look over your sheet to make sure all information is correct and if it is, print out a copy and then type “yes” in the box on the left and re-enter your Florida Driver’s license number in the box on the right. Then press “Submit my Application”
  • Once you’re approved, show up at your school and present your Driver’s License – tell the staff person that you would like a Volunteer Badge (good for all year) as opposed to a visitor’s badge which grants access only a day at a time.
  • Hold on to your Volunteer Badge as a duplicate will not be issued. This badge gives you access to all Broward County Schools
  • Any questions call Nyasha Hinds, Community Resource Specialist: 754-321-2300

Indian River County

  • Go to www.indianriverschools.org and click on “Volunteer Services” on the right side “District Menu”
  • Download and print out the bottom form “Volunteer Registration Form”
  • Complete the form and take it to the school volunteer coordinator (Vice Principal) at the school in which you will be volunteering.
  • All volunteers are school based as opposed to District based so a separate form has to be submitted at each school (if coaches desire to volunteer at more than one school).
  • Any questions please call the Volunteer Coordinator/Public Information Officer, Flynn Fidgeon at 772-564-5524

Martin County

  • Go to www.martinschools.org and click on “Departments”
  • Click on “Instructional Services”
  • Click on “Volunteers Services” (bottom of the column)
  • All procedures are spelled out in the left column
  • Click on “Form #270 Volunteer Registration”
  • The form should be able to be filled out online and will be honored county-wide.
  • This form is all that is needed for a level 1 clearance. (no charge for background check)
  • You should contact the volunteer liaison at the school at which you plan to coach approximately a week after making application.
  • You cannot be allowed on campus until your form has been approved (so make sure you apply at least a week before your first meeting)
  • Any questions call Patty May, Volunteer Services Coordinator: 772-219-1200 X 30223

Miami-Dade County

  • Go to www.dadeschools.net
  • Click on “ Community “ tab
  • Click on “ Log into portal “
  • First time Registrants: Click on “ create account “
  • Fill out Registration Form, and submit
  • You will receive an email with the User ID # (Username)
  • Log into to Portal
  • If you already have an account, enter the username and password assigned
  • Click on Apps Services and Sites
  • Click on Be a School Volunteer
  • Acknowledge and accept terms
  • Fill out Volunteer Application, personal information 1st page
  • Agree to a Background Check, 2nd page, select school location and activities (Special Club Sponsor) Level 1, click SUBMIT
  • You will need to present valid photo ID to the volunteer coordinator at the school in which you choose to serve to complete the process
  • You will be able to check on the status of your registration and edit information for future volunteer opportunities in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system
  • For detailed information, please download: The School Volunteer Program Registration User Guide
  • Any questions, email schoolvolunteerprogram@dadeschools.net or call Vince Dawkins, Director, at 305-995-2995

Okeechobee County

  • Go to www.Okee.k12.fl.us and click on “Departments” at the top of the home page
  • Click on “Administrative Services”
  • Click on “forms” under “Related” on the right side
  • Click on the “Volunteer Application (O-PE-15) which will download the form to your device.
  • Print out the form, fill it out and submit it to the school office at the school at which you’re planning to coach. If you are planning to coach at more than one school, list all schools on the one application.
  • They will send it to the District Volunteer Coordinator who will run a background check and then notify the school of the result.
  • You should receive a call from the school notifying you that you are approved
  • Any questions please call Chris Lawrence, Administrative Services Secretary, at 863-462-5000 X 261

Palm Beach County

  • Palm Beach has no online form available from outside a school. Everything has to be done at the school at which you are volunteering.
  • You will be directed to fill out a form online at the school at which you’ll be volunteering.
  • Call the School Volunteer Program Officer (Judee Cabrera) in the Community Involvement Division at 561-434-8771. She will guide you in all procedures.
  • All volunteers are school based and school approved.
  • Your driver’s license must be presented each time you enter a school.

St. Lucie County

  • Go to www.stlucie.k12.fl.us
  • Click on “Volunteer” (top blue banner)
  • Click on “Register to be a Volunteer”
  • Click on “Search Current Job Openings”
  • Look at the first column on the left “Position” and scroll all the way down to the bottom and select “volunteer”
  • Check the other two boxes “Volunteer – (Non-paid)” and “Countywide”
  • Click “Search for posted positions” at the top right
  • Click “apply for selected position” (top right hand side of page)
  • Click “apply” on the left side
  • Click “Apply for selected position”
  • In the second box check the small box “I would like to create a new profile” (If this is your first time registering – otherwise use the sign-in from last year)
  • Create your profile by filling in the required information and then follow the prompts to complete the application process.
  • You will need to scan your Driver’s License to attach to your application
  • After completing all sections click on “Submit to HR” and you will receive email notification of the status of your application.
  • Any problems or questions call Martha Underwood, Volunteer Coordinator, at 772-429-5502, or Chris Worley, Human Resources, at 772-429-7514

One comment on “School Volunteer Clearance

  1. Melissa Jacinto

    I want to be a campus couch.

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