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Other Field Observation Placement Opportunities

In addition to field observation (FO) placement in public schools in Palm Beach County (SDPBC), there are other placement opportunities available.  Students can obtain placements in Private, Charter, and Out-of-County Public Schools (excluding PBC or Martin County).  These placements are secured by the student and a Permission Memo which must be completed and signed by both the student and school principal/director.  All placement locations must be approved by your instructor prior to beginning observation.  For Out-of-County School Public School Placements (Broward, Hendry, etc.) keep in mind that you must meet their school district security requirements, as they can stop your observation at any time.


Palm Beach County Charter Schools

Though 51 charter schools are part of the School District of Palm Beach County, the SDPBC Office of Professional Development does not place students at these charter schools. These schools each place students on an individual basis. Placement will be determined by the number of inquiries, the number of spaces available and the date and time within the school year. Security requirements and placements are at the discretion of the charter school. If a school does not agree to place you, please select another charter school. If the selected school agrees to place you, please fill in the attached Charter/Private/Out-of-County School Permission Memo, have the director or placement contact sign the memo and submit the memo along with your FO Online Placement Application.


Private Schools in Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County has 132 private schools registered with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). Observation placement is determined by the number of inquiries, the number of spaces available and the date and time within the school year.  Security requirements are at the discretion of the school. If a private school does not agree to place you at this time, please select another school. If the selected school or agency agrees to place you, please fill in the attached Charter/Private/Out-of-County School Permission Memo, have the director or placement contact sign the memo and submit the permission form along with your FO Online Placement Application.

It is possible there are private schools not listed on the FLDOE PDF. As with all private and charter schools, your professor has the final approval as to whether these schools can be used for the field observation assignment. If approved, the student would complete the Charter/Private/Out-of-County School Permission Memo, have the school principal or school director sign off on it and submit it along with your FO Online Placement Application.


Palm Beach County Private & Charter Schools Level 2 Security Information

If a charter or private school requires Level 2 Security (Fingerprinting & Background Check), the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (PBSO) is open to the public for fingerprinting services - PBSO Fingerprinting-Services, and no appointment is necessary.  For locations, hours, and contact information, please click on the PBSO Finger-Printing-Services link (see above). PBSO Fingerprint Services range from $5 - $15, cash only. A Photo ID is required.  Background checks can be done at PBSO Regional Offices for a fee of $3.00 (cash only), Photo ID and your social security number.  Please visit PBSO Central Records Division for a list of the regional offices and their contact information.


Martin County Public Schools

Palm Beach State College has signed an affiliation agreement with Martin County Public Schools to place PBSC students requesting field observation on a space available basis. Placement will be determined by the number of inquiries, the number of spaces available and the date and time within the school year.

 

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