Once the student is an active ninth grader and a project has the written approval of the high school community service designee, there is no time limit for completing hours other than that the hours must be completed prior to the student's graduation date. Students should not begin community service work until their project ideas have been submitted to and approved by their school's Community Service designee and all paper work has been signed and dated by the appropriate people. Students should contact their high school Community Service Designee with questions.
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What hours cannot be counted? 1. Court mandated community service. 2. An activity for which a student benefited financially or materially for the community service work. 3. All forms of duty within the family. The student's family to include: parents (including step), siblings (including step), any of their grandchildren (including step) and any of their spouses, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. 4. Any activity which can be interpreted primarily as proselytizing or religious devotion. 5. An activity where there is no leader or responsible adult on site to evaluate and confirm student performance (i.e., fostering an animal in your home). 6. Donations, such as Locks of Love or giving blood. 7. Except for credit earned through service learning courses adopted pursuant to section 1003.497, Florida Statute, student may not receive academic credit for service work performed. 8. An activity performed by a student prior to becoming a high school student or after the student's graduation date. A student is considered a high school student the summer prior to his/her 9th grade year. 9. Participation on a a sports team or a performance of any kind.