Returned Check Policy
Returned Check Policy & Procedures
In an effort to curb the internal cost our district bears each year for returned checks (Non-Sufficient Funds, NSF, Account Closed, Fraud and Stop Payment), we have contracted with CheckCare of Florida.
All checks accepted for payment by any Sarasota County public school are accepted with the understanding that the Parents or Guardians’ banks will pay those checks when deposited into the School’s account. Please do not post date a check when delivering one to the schools.
CheckCare provides this service to numerous school districts in Florida and will be in charge of collecting checks for our district that are not honored by the check writer’s bank.
In addition to the face value of the check, CheckCare will also add service charges and fees to each returned check including a bank fee charge based on the laws of the State of Florida.
The following is a summary of the base service charge authorized by the State of Florida for returned checks:
Amount of the check Service Charge
$.01 to $50.00 $25.00
$50.01 to $300.00 $30.00
$301.00 to $800.00 $40.00
$800.01 or more 5% of face of the face value of the check
CheckCare will send you a letter explaining the breakdown of the fees and charges should your check not be accepted by your bank.
CheckCare receives all returned checks when they are not accepted by the bank. This allows our staff to focus on other duties that are more productive and beneficial to our Students. It also allows Parents/Guardians the opportunity to pay for any inadvertent returned item without the potential embarrassment that may be associated with paying it at the school.
Please refer to the following notice provided by CheckCare and feel free to contact them if you have additional questions, toll free at 1-888-339-2439.