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Volunteers

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?

Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at the school site if you have any questions or need further assistance about becoming a volunteer.

Anyone wishing to become a volunteer for Lake County Schools (LCS) must have an application and background clearance on record before attending an event or working in the classroom. Criminal background screening is to be completed every 3 years.

Note: If you have recently retired through the Florida Retirement System (within 1 year of your retirement date), please contact the Retirement Specialist at (352) 253-6535 to verify your eligibility to volunteer. 

Here is a summary of common types of volunteer clearance we offer:

Level I Volunteer

  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) background clearance required.
  • Duties assigned within the presence of a LCS employee including, but not limited to:
    • Chaperoning daytime group field trips
    • Assisting in a classroom or at the school site
    • Assisting with a district-level department or program.

Level II Volunteer

  • Fingerprinting is required in order to conduct a State and National background clearance.
  • Duties assigned outside the immediate presence of a LCS employee including, but not limited to:
    • Chaperoning overnight field trips
    • Mentoring
    • Volunteer (non-paid) coaches.
  • Level II volunteers will be notified via email if fingerprint registration is necessary.

Service Learning/Field Experience Volunteer

Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful volunteer service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.  Often, colleges will use Service Learning Hours (also known as “field experience or “experiential requirements”) as part of their course requirements. Typically 15-30 hours are required, as opposed to an internship that usually constitutes a record with 100 or more hours.  

If you are a college student and you are interested in obtaining service learning hours as part of your course requirements, please follow the instructions for placement in Lake County Schools:

  1. Contact your school of choice and ask to speak to the school volunteer coordinator to discuss your interest in participating in service learning.
  2. Once you have secured a service learning opportunity, you must complete the Lake County Schools LCS) volunteer application. See the "How To Become a Lake County Schools Volunteer" section at the bottom of this page and follow these instructions.
  3. If approved, you may contact the school volunteer coordinator to begin your service learning hours.

If you have any questions about the service learning/field experience approval process you may contact the district volunteer coordinator at 352-253-6536.  

Fingerprinting Information

The Lake County School District requires fingerprint screening according to State and Federal Guidelines. Interns and Volunteers may be fingerprinted at the District Office or at an approved fingerprinting site.

Click the following link to register for fingerprinting (be sure to obtain a FieldPrint code first) 
Register for Fingerprinting 

  1. Two forms of ID are required at the time of fingerprinting:
    • A.) Acceptable Primary IDs include:
      • State-Issued Driver’s License
      • State-Issued Non-Driver’s License ID Card
      • US Passport ·Military Identification Card
      • Work Visa with Photo
    • B.) Acceptable Secondary IDs include:
      • Credit/Debit Card Bank Statement
      • Electric Bill
      • Birth Certificate
      • Citizenship or Naturalization Certificate

Once you have registered for fingerprints, print out the registration confirmation and bring with you to your appointment. This will be found on the last page of registration. If you do not have a printer, write down your registration number to bring with you the day of your fingerprint appointment.

How To Become a Lake County Schools Volunteer

  1. Review the Bullying & Harassment Information for Substitutes and Volunteers information.
     
  2. Click on the following link to complete an online Volunteer Application or to log back into an existing application. Note: If you have previously completed an employment application, you will need to create a separate/new User ID and Password.
    Lake County Schools - Online Volunteer Application Portal
     
  3. Contact your school of choice and let the school know you have completed your online volunteer application.
     
  4. You will receive an email from the district regarding your application and volunteer level. Note: If you have not received an email, log on to your online volunteer application and click the email history tab to obtain the email.
     
  5. Log onto your online volunteer application for status approval OR contact your school of choice.

Questions?

You may e-mail OnlineApplication@lake.k12.fl.us if you have questions about the online volunteer application or Volunteers@lake.k12.fl.us with questions regarding the volunteer approval process.