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safe and healthy schools
Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Contact: Marcy LaVine
The major activities being provided by Safe and Drug-Free Schools are Zeroing In On Prevention (ZIP) and Foundations: Creating Safe and Civil Schools (Foundations). ZIP and Foundations focus on addressing barriers to academic achievement and providing a safe and civil learning environment in which students can learn and teachers can teach. The activities used are research-based and are designed to reduce risk factors, to promote protection (resiliency), and to increase academic achievement.
The ZIP Program is designed for students in grades PreK-12 to provide instructional objectives and intervention strategies in addressing ATOD use and violence. ZIP, which is based on a "NO USE" philosophy, consists of five components: prevention, intervention, support services, community involvement, and evaluation. Targeted students receive more direct services in the form of individual and group intervention(s) from the ZIP Counselors. ZIP Resource Teacher and ZIP Counselors, who are specifically trained in mental health, substance use prevention/intervention, addictions, anger management, and violence prevention/intervention, also conduct classroom presentations as a major part of overall prevention efforts. In addition, they meet with and provide inservice training and technical assistance to school-level Foundations/ZIP teams as they design, implement, monitor, and evaluate their school level Foundations/ZIP Action Plans.
Contacts: Carolyn Novelly or Annessia Powell
Foundations is a systemic, positive, pro-active approach to school climate; thereby, enhancing student behavior, which is connected to academic achievement. CHAMPs, which is the classroom management component of Foundations, provides an avenue through which teachers set expectations for behavior and teach those expectations to the students. This data-driven process enables schools to re-evaluate their beliefs and actions regarding behavior, discipline, and climate, and provides an avenue for a paradigm shift to occur towards a more safe and civil approach to discipline. A school-based team, who is representative of the faculty and staff, attend trainings over a three-year period and then present the process to the entire faculty and staff.
Zeroing In on Prevention (ZIP)
Contacts: Brenda Lane or Angela Turk
ZIP Resource Guide to Substance Use and Violence Prevention/Intervention Services
The Zeroing In on Prevention (ZIP) Program is one component of Duval County Public School’s Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program. ZIP Program activities are designed to enhance protective factors and reduce risk factors, thereby increasing the student’s ability to develop healthy, productive, drug and violence-free lifestyles.
Specializing in mental health, substance abuse and crisis counseling; District ZIP Counselors provide prevention-intervention counseling and referral services to high school students that are involved in or affected by substance use and violence. They also conduct district and community trainings on substance use, bullying, violence, and suicide prevention, SREB-Creating a High Performance Learning Culture, Second Step-Violence Prevention, and new teacher trainings.
Counseling services are available to the following schools that do not have access to full service schools: Douglas Anderson, Baldwin, Darnell Cookman, First Coast, Robert E. Lee, Mandarin, Frank H. Peterson, Stanton, Ed White, and Wolfson. Students from one of these schools may refer themselves or be referred to the ZIP Program by any concerned person. Additionally, ZIP Counselors are available to provide referral resources for all students and schools.
The District ZIP Counselors also assist with the coordination of the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, the
Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and the
Duval Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs, and Violence Survey for all middle and high schools in the district.
For more information, contact:
Brenda Lane, LMHC, MAC
Angela Turk, MSH, CRC
District ZIP Counselors
Safe and Drug-Free Schools