THE LAW: Under provisions of the Jessica Lunsford Act passed during the
2005 Legislative Session, school districts are required to conduct
background screenings on instructional and non-instructional personnel
and contractors who have direct contact with students or have access to
school grounds when children are present. Section 1012.465, Florida
State rules mandate that students participating in field and clinical experiences in school districts must be fingerprinted. These field experiences include UNF students enrolled in EDF1005, EDF2085 (Duval field placements only), EDF3945, EDF3946, TSL4324, TSL4340, TSL4360 (TSL courses Clay or Duval field placements only), Internship, all courses held at school sites or that require students to work with children in a school setting.
The school districts in conjunction with the university have developed procedures for fingerprinting university students which must be followed.
All fingerprinting must be completed by the stated deadline for students to participate in any field classes that require fingerprinting. Students not fingerprinted will not receive school placements and subsequently will not be able to complete course requirements. This will adversely affect your grade for the course.
Fingerprints cannot be transferred from one district to another.
Persons presently employed by the district in which the clinical experience will be conducted or those that have been fingerprinted through another institution i.e. FSCJ or substitutes should complete the "Clearance Request" form and return it to the instructor. You will need to provide your name, Social Security number and the position you hold with the district. This information will be forwarded to the district for clearance approval.
Students should bring valid photo identification and a current UNF ID to the fingerprinting appointment.
Students should follow the procedures for the school district in which they will be conducting their field experience.
Any student fingerprinted prior to August 15, 2008 for Duval
County must be fingerprinted again due to Duval County’s fingerprinting
DCPS Directions for
Registering and Payment:
Contact Terry Stanilonis at (904) 529-4849 or Andriea Jones at (904) 529-4912 for assistance. Fingerprint clearances are not automatic. The process usually takes between 10-14 days. You need to note your course timeline and plan accordingly.
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