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Hiring Guidelines

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Lake County Schools is a great place to work, and we are excited at the prospect of you becoming part of our family. Here are some hiring and screening resources that we've made available to you. If you've been offered a position by a school/department, one of our HR specialists will reach out to you directly regarding New Employee Orientation and other requirements you may have.

Please review this information thoroughly:

All applicants for employment with Lake County Schools will be required to be fingerprinted. Fingerprint reports will be reviewed to determine hiring decisions to work for the district. Background screening reports are requested by school districts and received from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). It is important for applicants to disclose criminal convictions during the application process, no matter, what a lawyer has stated to them. Criminal convictions may disqualify an applicant from being employed. Any offense that occurred as a juvenile or adult must be disclosed on the application.

An applicant’s criminal background information may be an offense where there was:

  • Bail posted
  • Record of a pre-trial diversion program
  • Record of a pre-trial intervention program
  • Record of a teen or drug court or juvenile program.

The information may include:

  • Adjudication withheld
  • Guilty conviction
  • Placed on probation
  • Plead guilty
  • No contest
  • Jailed or imprisoned
  • Appeared in court as a juvenile or adult.

Sealed records, expunged records and military court proceedings must be disclosed. It is important to also know that DUI, DWI and reckless driving are also criminal offenses.

Background screening guidelines are used in making employment decisions for individuals applying for positions with the School Board of Lake County, Florida. These guidelines are correlated to the Florida statutory requirements of who is acceptable for hiring in all public school districts.Districts may require different procedures; however, the basis for hiring is based on the provisions of Florida Statutes.

When you apply for a job and you are offered employment, you will be required to be fingerprinted and/or drug tested at your own expense. If you have a criminal history, you may be required to provide written documentation to the Criminal Background Check (CBC) Committee to make a decision. If you are hired and it is discovered that you have falsified your application in regards to reporting criminal background history information, you may be dismissed from the district. All applicants to be hired or to provide services for the district must be of good moral character according to Florida Statute 1012.32.

Will Not Hire

Will Not Consider for Hire Anyone Convicted of:

  • Any felony convictions within the past 20 years.
  • In most cases, more than two (2) misdemeanor convictions in the past 10 years.

Special Circumstances

  • Any applicant convicted of a felony of more than 20 years, except those convicted of crimes included in s. 1012.315(1), will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Any applicant convicted of a misdemeanor of more than 10 years, except those convicted of crimes included in s. 1012.315(2), will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Any applicants with open cases will not be considered for hiring.