Use this form for any hours completed for a SJCSD school:
SJCSD Community Service Hours Guidelines
Community service hours are required for all Bright Futures Scholarship Awards. Refer to the Bright Futures website for details pertaining to your graduating class at http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/. You may begin logging your community service hours the summer before your freshman year. Community service hours should be documented on letterhead of the place where the hours were served. The letter should contain the name of the not for profit organization, the duties performed, dates and hours of service and should be signed by a representative of the organization. Hours will only be awarded upon receipt of the letter on letterhead AND the Volunteer Service Plan. These forms should be turned in at the same time in order to receive hours. Incomplete paperwork will not be processed and will be placed in a file for students to pick up and complete. Verification letters should be turned in to the Guidance Office or the Front Office in the black tray labeled “Service Hours.” Hours should be turned in as soon as they are completed to allow for accurate tracking. Please allow 1 week for hours to be updated and viewed via HAC.
Students may check their hours by logging in to HAC and clicking on the registration tab.
Donation forms/hours are no longer accepted.
Below are some examples of hours that are considered Community Service:
- Service to a government agency
- Service to a not – for – profit local, national or international organization
- When training meetings are required prior to the actual service, a student can receive credit for up to 2 hours of training in addition to the hours for the service.
- Service to a school or school organization – in which credit is not being awarded
- Service to a religious organization
- Participation in not – for – profit Fine Arts performances or exhibitions
- When hours are being earned in which rehearsal time is required, a student can receive credit for up to 3 hours of rehearsal time for every hour of performance time.
- VPS hours provided credit is not being awarded
- Non – paid internships at a not – for – profit organization with prior school official approval
- Career Academy non-paid internships
Below are some examples of hours that are not considered eligible for Community Service:
- Self-reported or parent reported hours will not be recognized
- Family related activities
- Hours in which students are compensated either monetarily or materially
- School related activities that have required attendance and/or are a part of the course requirement to earn credit
- Attendance at meetings which are required as part of membership in a club or organization
- Activities that cannot be documented on business letterhead
- Volunteer services for a for-profit business
- Fostering animals does not count for Bright Futures hours
Students are encouraged to choose a variety of opportunities or services when selecting and completing their community service hours. If a student is unsure if activities are considered viable, they should consult their guidance counselor prior to the activity.
JB 793-2016 addendum requires students to identify a civic issue or professional area of interest as part of their volunteer service plans and expands volunteer work to include an internship with a business, government or nonprofit organization, or activity on behalf of a candidate for public office. For additional information, contact the high school guidance office.