Independent Contractors / Contractual Personnel (Jessica Lunsford Act Requirements):
The policy of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee is to comply with the terms of the
Jessica Lunsford Act
in order to provide an added measure of safety and protection in school and parish environments. The Act states that contractual personnel who are permitted access to school grounds when students are present, or who have direct contact with students must meet Level 2 requirements as described in Section 1012.32, Florida Statute.Independent contractors / contractual personnel shall include any vendor, individual or entity (or sub-contractor thereof) who has been retained by a school, parish or Diocesan entity to perform work or services in or around any parish or Diocesan school, or on the campus of any parish or Diocesan entity while school or religious education classes are in session, or while there is an event on-going, the focus of which is children or youth. Prior to working on any parish or Diocesan property, the contractor or sub-contractor must certify in writing to the Office of Safe Environment (OSE), that all of his/her onsite employees or personnel have the required Level 2 Criminal Background Search (CBS). Contact the Human Resource Department to check if a vendor/Contractor has already been approved through this Diocese.
The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee does not accept background screening reports from any federal agency, state agency or private information vendor regardless of the screening organization and regardless of the position that an individual currently holds or may have held in the past – NO EXCEPTIONS. Fingerprints contained in the FBI database can be used only for the purpose intended and are federal-statute specific. This means that the sharing of criminal history reports between entities is not allowed without the approval of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the individual being checked.
To see list of disqualifying events that might prevent an individual from employment or volunteers with children and/or vulnerable adults see attached.
(List of disqualifying Offenses)
Click Here for memo from the Office of Safe Environment concerning Construction workers, Contract workers, and Vendors.
Please contact the Office of Safe Environment for step-by-step instructions on how Construction/Contract workers and Vendors comply with safe environment regulations in this Diocese.
Contact Jeanne Blake at 850-435-3570 or