2020/21 Graduation Requirements for Service-Learning Hours
ATTENTION: CLASS OF 2021 PROSPECTIVE GRADUATES
Service-learning hours requirements for 2020/21 basic high school graduation and bright futures/gold seal scholars are waived with exceptions.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and other factors, Broward County Public Schools has waived the 40 service-learning hour requirement for students to meet the minimum basic graduation requirement for the 2020/21 school year.
In addition, the Florida Department of Education’s Emergency Order 2021-EO-02, issued on April 9, 2021 forgives volunteer hour graduation requirements for students who intended to complete the service hours prior to graduation, but through no fault of their own did not, due to health concerns or a lack of access to volunteer opportunities. This applies to seniors seeking Bright Futures Scholar and Gold Seal Scholar recognition. Please contact your high school counselor to discuss service hour eligibility requirements addressed in the FDOE Emergency Order. For more information please visit http://www.fldoe.org/em-response/index.stml.
Important: Documentation of the student’s actual volunteer hours, their intention to complete the requirement but inability to do so due to a lack of volunteer opportunities or health concerns related to Covid-19 must be reported to the FLDOE as part of the graduating senior’s transcripts.
Likewise, volunteer service hour requirements may still apply for certain scholarships, distinctions, or honors. For example, students must still complete service-learning hour requirements to qualify for Silver Cords (250 hours), specific scholarships and financial aid awards and certain distinctions.
Please contact your high school counselor or BRACE advisor to discuss service hour eligibility requirements for graduating seniors.
Summary of 2020/2021 Service-Learning Hour Requirements
As of April 9, 2021
Graduation, Bright Futures or
Gold Seal Scholarships*
MAY BE REQUIRED
for other distinctions
(please review related documents
carefully or check with a
for Silver Cord
* Note Bright Futures and Gold Seal Scholars’ transcripts must document student intention to complete service requirement.
Seniors working towards Silver Cords or applying to certain scholarships may still be required to submit proof of volunteer hours earned. Please review scholarship applications to determine specific service-learning hour requirements. Additional information can be obtained from your school’s BRACE advisor.
Will I get a standard high school diploma without completing the 40 service-learning hour requirement for graduation?
Yes, the service hour requirement is waived for students obtaining a basic high school diploma.
Do I need to meet a service-learning hour requirement to receive a Silver Cord at graduation?
Yes. Silver Cords are presented to exceptional student volunteers who have documented a minimum of 250 required service-learning hours.
I’m applying for Florida Bright Futures or Gold Seal Scholar designation. Are service-learning hours required to receive those awards?
No, the requirement was waived by FLDOE Emergency Order 2021-EO-02. However, graduating seniors’ high school transcripts must indicate the graduate either completed the service hour requirement or demonstrated a clear intention to complete the requirement but was unable to do so due to pandemic-related health issues or a lack of volunteer options resulting from the pandemic. Please work with your guidance counselor to ensure one of these conditions is met if you are seeking Bright Futures or Gold Seal designations. Please visit https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org for more information.
I don’t know if the financial aid packages I’ve applied for require the service-learning hours or not. What should I do?
Review all scholarship and financial aid documents to ensure service hours are not necessary. Speak to your BRACE advisor or guidance counselor soon.
Service Learning Student Volunteer Program
The purpose of the Service Learning Graduation Requirement and the Student Volunteer Service Program is to acquaint high school students with the need to provide service to both their school and community.
Service Learning is defined as: An educational method by which participants learn and develop through active participation in service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community. Service learning is coordinated with a school or community service program and with the community. It is integrated into and influences the lifelong learning of a participant and includes structured time for the participants to reflect on the service experience.
Service learning teaches the skills of civil participation and develops an ethic of service and civic responsibility. Students can provide service in the community on a voluntary basis to public, nonprofit agencies, civic, charitable and governmental organizations and school campuses.