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Implementation concepts for consideration by the Florida Public School Districts Jessica Lunsford Act, 1012.465.F.S.

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1 Implementation concepts for consideration by the Florida Public School Districts Jessica Lunsford Act, F.S

2 Page 2 Background… Jessica Lunsford Act passed by the 2005 Florida Legislature –Increases measures used to monitor sexual offenders or predators –Contains specifications related to individuals with access to school district campuses while students are present The statute, as amended, applies to three categories of non- instructional & contractual personnel, all of whom must meet Level 2 Background Screening requirements, including those: –Who are permitted access on school grounds when students are present, –Who have direct contact with students, or –Who have access to or control of school funds. School districts must conduct the fingerprinting/background screening of non-instructional/contractual personnel and determine whether the individual has been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude.

3 Page 3 Level 2 background screening definition… Fingerprinting the individual & submitting the prints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to compare against –Statewide criminal & juvenile records maintained by FDLE –Federal criminal records maintained through the FBI It may also include a local criminal records check through local law enforcement agencies

4 Page 4 Maintenance of screening results… After receiving the initial background check results from the FDLE, the original submitting district –Will thereafter be electronically notified by FDLE, in writing, of any new arrests –Should forward the arrest information to any districts with which they have shared the criminal record Results in a labor intensive records maintenance process

5 Page 5 Act implementation challenges… No statewide registry of vendor prints currently exists – Impact : Vendors are required to be repetitively printed in multiple schools/districts No digital systems exist for easy sharing of data between (1) schools within a District or (2) Districts across the State – Impact : Vendors are required to be repetitively printed in multiple districts After receiving the initial background check results from the FDLE, the original submitting district –Will thereafter be electronically notified by FDLE, in writing, of any new arrests –Should forward the arrest information to any districts with which they have shared the criminal record – Impact : No digital system exists for records maintenance & distribution of updated information No specific funds were allocated to pay for the cost of the Act – Impact : School Boards are faced with unbudgeted, legislated requirements

6 Page 6 State-wide biometric enrollment concept… At the school level –Obtain the digital fingerprint of each person required by the Act to be registered for access to the school –Electronically share the fingerprint image and the person’s information with the District Office for consolidation At the District level –Consolidate Level 2 background screen requests & submit to FDLE –Share FDLE screening results with all schools across the district where the person requires and is granted access –Maintain a centralized District database for posting on-going updates from FDLE of infractions by enrollees At the FDLE level –Perform Level 2 background screens and publish results to the submitting District –Maintain a constantly updated, state-wide database of registered persons cleared for access to school properties, pursuant to the requirements of the Act (if desired) Use commercially available biometrics readers/database servers & Internet communications for rapid implementation

7 Page 7 Enabling technology concept… (cont.) SchoolLevel (Acquire Biometric Signatures) District Level (Consolidate & Share Biometric Signatures) Master Slave 1 Slave 2 School #1 Master Slave 1 Slave 2 School #2 Master Slave 1 Slave 2 School #n FDLE Level (Perform Level 2 Background Screening) (Maintain State-wide Registry, if desired) District #1 Super Master 1 Super Master 2 District #2 Super Master 1 District #n Super Master 1 Super Master 2 Super Master n Perform FDLE Database Screen Acquire Level 2 Background Screen Inputs Create Level 2 Background Screen Results Distribute Level 2 Background Screen Results General context diagram

8 Page 8 Enabling technology concept… (cont.) Maintenance Work Control Area Slave 1 – Maintenance S1S1 Enrolling non-instructional personnel at each school Food Serv. Delivery Dock Area Slave 2 – Food Service S2S2 School 1 Master – Main Office S1M Fingerprints are electronically captured at any of the three stations and consolidated for Level 1 or 2 screening as required School-level iGuard™ Fingerprint Database & Access Log If the enrollee is cleared, all future access is controlled & logged using the biometric signature FDLE Conducts Level 2 Background Check FDLE Communicates Results to School via District School Submits Fingerprint File via District to FDLE

9 Page 9 Enabling technology concept… (cont.) School 1 iGuard Master – Main Office S1M iGuard Slave 1 – Maintenance S1S1 iGuard Slave 2 – Food Service S1S2 Sharing data between schools across the District School 2 iGuard Master – Main Office S2M iGuard Slave 1 – Maintenance S2S1 iGuard Slave 2 – Food Service S2S2 School “n” iGuard Master – Main Office SnM iGuard Slave 1 – Maintenance SnS1 iGuard Slave 2 – Food Service SnS2 District-Level Super Master™ Server – District Office D1M1

10 Page 10 Enabling technology concept… (cont.) Sharing data between the Districts & FDLE District 1 Super Masters™ (as required by the District) District 2 Super Masters™ (as required by the District) District n Super Masters™ (as required by the District) FDLE Level Database District Level Databases Clustered Super Masters™ for State- wide Access Control Registry

11 Page 11 Benefits of adopting this approach… To the person – –only one fingerprinting & background check is required for access to all FL school properties where access is required and is granted To the school – –Rapid Act compliance through sharing of data between schools across the District –Positive personnel authentication for access control –Digital access control logs for audit and reporting To the District – –Rapid Act compliance through sharing of data between Districts across the State –Centralized records maintenance point for the District –Simplifies the on-going FDLE notification process of infractions by enrollees To Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) – –Consolidated digital input to the Level 2 Background Screen process from the District Offices –Required fewer Level 2 background screens –Simplifies distribution of notifications of infractions by enrollees


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