Safe Schools Prevention/Intervention Programs
- Attendance Services
Attendance Services goal is to improve attendance and promote academic achievement to assist all students. Attendance Services are provided by attendance social workers, as well as truant officers. They provide intervention, counseling, referrals to appropriate community resources, and, if appropriate, referrals to the Youth Crisis Center and the State Attorney’s Office for students with attendance or habitual truancy problems.
- Bullying Prevention
In accordance with the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for Students Act, Duval County Public Schools has established criteria for identifying, reporting, investigating, and referral of the victims and perpetrators of bullying. Annual instruction on bullying prevention is available to all students and adults in our schools.
CHAMPs is a proactive and prosocial approach to classroom management covering eight aspects, which are vision, organization, clarifying expectations, teaching expectations, motivation, systematic monitoring, correction, and advanced motivation. This program is implemented district-wide.
- Character Counts!
A community-based character education program which focuses on six pillars of character - trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship.
- Character Education
Character Education activities have been developed and are being implemented through each school's Foundations/ZIP Action Plan. Monthly themes focus on the Character Counts pillars of character.
- Code of Student Conduct
The Code of Student Conduct describes roles of the home, student, and school personnel; student and parents rights and responsibilities; general code of appearance and uniforms; formal disciplinary actions; the classification of violations; procedures for disciplinary actions; rights of the disabled student related to discipline; parents' rights regarding the use of corporal punishment; and a success agreement.
- Comprehensive Health Education
The K-12 Health Education Curricula, which are aligned with the National Health Education Standards, the Sunshine State Standards, New Standards, and Risk and Protective Factors, include health-related topics presented in a developmental and age-appropriate manner.
- Communities In Schools of Jacksonville
Communities In Schools is a dropout prevention organization located in 39 Duval County elementary, middle, and high schools, whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The organization has
four initiatives: mentoring, after school, literacy tutoring, and case management.
- Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation/Bullying
Students are trained in ways to handle conflict peacefully and to combat bullying. Peer mediation is used to settle conflicts between students. Resources and strategies are provided to school staff in an effort to reduce the number of incidents of fighting and battery.
- Contracted Department of Juvenile Justice Programs
The Detention Center, Halfway Houses, and the Jail provide instructional services and counseling through the Department of Juvenile Justice to approximately 1,000 students annually. These programs are for those students who commit non-school related or community-wide crimes.
- Contracted Third-Party Providers
The Jacksonville Marine Institute, PACE Center for Girls, Youth Crisis Center and Tiger Center specialize in adjudicated student services.
- Coordinated School Health Program
Coordinated School Health Program, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, assists in the development and enhancement of school-level programs that support student health and academic achievement. Landmark Middle School is one of eight designated schools in the State.
- Crisis Team
The DCPS Crisis Team's mission is to provide intervention services for schools dealing with suicide threats, out of control behavior, or grief events. All crisis events are called in to the DCPS Crisis Hotline at 904-390-2535.
The D-FY-INCE (Drug-Free Youth Incentives) Program is available to local high schools through the State Attorney's Office. It is based on the philosophy of positive community incentives, rewards, and peer pressure to influence young people NOT to use drugs and violence.
- District Disciplinary Alternative Schools
Middle school students, who commit specific violations against the Code of Student Conduct, attend Mattie V. Rutherford for forty-five days; high school students attend Grand Park. Students committing more serious violations also attend Grand Park for ninety days. These schools serve approximately 2,000 students annually.
- Foundations: Creating a Safe and Civil School
Foundations is a proactive and prosocial approach to school-wide discipline and climate. This program is implemented district-wide.
- Full Service Schools
Full Service Schools integrate social services with education in neighborhood schools. These services are available to residents of the full service schools communities. Special emphasis is given to assist students and their families to receive services that help the students to be more successful in school by reducing drop out rates, truancy, and conduct code violations.
- In-School Suspension Program (ISSP)
The In-School Suspension Program, which is in every middle and high school, provides a positive alternative to out-of-school suspension
- Interagency Agreements
Interagency agreements are in place to provide additional services to students and their families.
-Duval County Health Department – Full Service Schools
-Duval County Health Department – School Health Services
-Family Counseling Services – FAST Program
-Gateway Community Services
-Jacksonville Children's Commission
-River Region Human Services
-Department of Juvenile Justice, Youth Crisis Center, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office – Truancy
-Eckerd Youth Alternatives
- Learning for Life
A character education program being implemented in all elementary and middle schools through a contract with Learning for Life, Inc. Inservice training, teacher support, resources, and an evaluation is part of this program.
- Mentoring Programs
Mentoring programs are being utilized in many schools to help students feel good as an individual, and to make them feel that their presence is important within that school. Within the schools, teachers, parents, community volunteers, and even older students are being asked to mentor a younger child – to become a guide and advisor for that young person.
- Night-Time Substance Use Prevention Counseling Education Program
This alternative program is available to students who have committed a 3.00 (Alcohol) or 3.01 (Drugs other than Alcohol) violation against the Code of Student Conduct. It is conducted at Sandalwood and Lee High Schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. continuously throughout the school year. The student's parent(s) must attend and participate in all twelve sessions.
- Peer Counseling
This elective course is offered in some high schools. Students are trained to be effective listeners, group leaders, and role models for their peers.
- Principle Woods
This is a principle-based children's program, which emphasizes particular virtues, such as work and courage. Approved by the Health Education Advisory Council, the books have been provided to elementary schools across the district.
- Professional Development
Inservice training is provided to teachers, counselors, administrators, and staff on substance use and violence prevention topics. These topics include substance use prevention, violence prevention, gang awareness, teen issues, communication skills, conflict resolution, peer mediation, bullying, health education, character education, and crisis response training.
- Red Ribbon Week
Schools plan substance use prevention activities to be implemented throughout the week. Some of the schools work with other schools in their feeder pattern to accomplish these activities. Many community businesses, agencies, and organizations help to support this effort. The Northeast Florida Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NEFCADA) hosts the annual Red Ribbon Week Breakfast.
- Safe and Drug-Free Schools
This federal project focuses on substance use and violence prevention through strategies/activities aimed toward reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors in students and improving school climate.
Safe and Healthy Duval Coalition
Safe and Healthy Duval is a community anti-drug coalition founded by the City of Jacksonville, Duval County Public Schools' Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Gateway Community Services, and River Region Human Services.
Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) is an after school club, which focuses on planning and implementing violence prevention activities at the school.
- School Improvement Plans
Each school develops a School Improvement Plan focusing on the district’s strategic plan including goals and core beliefs. Goal four of the strategic plan is to establish safe and respectful schools, which is centered on the core belief that all schools can be safe learning environments where every student and adult is valued and respected.
- School Safety Office/ Emergency Management Plans
The School Safety Office is responsible for making sure that all school facilities and environments are safe and secure and manage the crisis response plan. The District has developed an emergency management plan that is connected with community agencies/organizations to provide assistance in case of an emergency situation. Each school has also developed a emergency management plan to be implemented in case of an emergency.
School Resource Officers
A Duval County Public School Resource Officer is assigned to most middle and
high schools. They provide security and conduct classroom presentations on
violence prevention and substance use and abuse in the middle and high schools.
The School Police Office is responsible for the safety and security of all school facilities through a team of trained officers and detectives. A variety of resources are utilized in this effort, i.e. video cameras, security alarms, and thorough criminal investigations.
A hotline is in place for students to anonymously report threats and crimes
24 hours a day: First Coast Student Crime Stoppers1-866-845-8477.
- School Social Workers, Psychologists, Guidance Counselors, and School Nurses
They provide assistance to schools and services to students based on individual needs.
Second Step- A Violence Prevention Curriculum
This curriculum is being implemented in all elementary and middle schools to reduce the number of incidents of bullying and violence in schools.
- Smoke-Free Jacksonville Coalition
Formerly known as the Duval County Coalition Against Tobacco, this coalition focuses on providing education, prevention, and intervention in the area of tobacco for youth and adults. Duval County Public Schools is an executive member of the coalition.
- Student Option for Success (SOS)
The Student Option for Success (SOS) program is an after-school counseling program for
secondary students (and parents) who commit multiple Class II offenses in school. This program provides an alternative to students being assigned to an alternative school.
- Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT)
Duval County has both a district-level SWAT group as well as school-based programs. These students focus on sending a strong message against the use of tobacco products.
The TEAM UP program is an after school program, which serves all middle schools, along with several elementary schools, Mt. Herman and Alden Road. Each TEAM UP Program is a combination of academic remediation, homework assistance, recreation and enrichment activities. The Duval County School Board is in partnership with the Jacksonville Children's Commission in many of these schools through 21st Century Learning Centers.
- Youth Crime Watch
This program is active in several middle schools in which a team helps to patrol the campus and report potential incidents of violence.
- ZIP Clubs
ZIP Clubs are school-based anti-drug/violence clubs, which focus on offering positive alternatives to drug use and violence. Students participate in a variety of positive activities, including community service.
- ZIP Counseling Program
District ZIP Counselors specialize in mental health, and substance abuse counseling and provide short term counseling services at targeted high schools as well conducting district trainings on substance abuse and violence prevention.