•  Duval County Public Schools  Safe and Supportive Environments

    Safe and Supportive Environments (SSE) is intended to increase school connectedness for all students, including LGBT students. Gay Straight Alliances or Genders and Sexualities Alliances (GSAs) have been associated with improvements. GSA is a student-led club, typically run in a middle or high school, which creates a safe space for students to socialize, support each other, discuss issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia in their school and/or broader community.

    GSAs align with models of positive youth development in that they are structured to foster youth empowerment, with student members at the center of decision-making, while also connecting youth to adult support, usually in the form of a faculty advisor. Typical implementation involves regular group meetings as well as supplemental events and activities.

     

    In addition to Federal and State Law protections, Duval County Public School Board Policy Chapter 10.10 prohibits the discrimination or harassment of any person on the "basis of a person's actual or perceived identity with regard to race, color, religion, gender or gender identity/expression, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, political or religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other distinguishing physical or personality characteristics, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity or in any employment conditions or practices conducted by this School District, except as provided by law." Additionally, the Anti-Bullying Policy 10.20 and the Equity Policy 1.22 also outline protections for our diverse students and staff.

     

    Furthermore, DCPS strives to create a culture of inclusion while countering the bullying, harassment, social isolation, and bigotry that dramatically increase risk factors for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) students. Gender & Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) are a great tool to improve spaces for ALL students through peer support, leadership development, and student empowerment.

     

Resources

  • School-Based Support

    DCPS Office of Equity and Inclusion

    904-390-2010

     

    GSA & Student Support

    JASMYN

    904-389-3857

     

    24/7 Crisis Support

    DCPS Crisis Hotline

    904-390-2535

     

    Bully Prevention 

    To report bullying and harassment, call or text (904) 390-2255.

    see also the District's Student Code of Conduct.

    For assistance in managing a bullying investigation, contact

    the Office of Equity and Inclusion at (904) 390-2181.

     

Schools with Active GSAs

  • Listed are schools that have GSAs


    A Phillip Randolph                   Mandarin HS

    Andrew Jackson HS                 Mandarin MS

    Atlantic Coast HS                     Mayport Coastal Sciences MS

    Darnell Cookman                     Oceanway MS

    Douglas Anderson                   Paxon HS

    Duval Charter HS                    Ribault MS

    Ed White HS                            Ribault HS

    Edward Waters College        Riverside HS

    Englewood HS                        Sandalwood HS

    First Coast HS                        Seaside Charter

    Fletcher HS                             Southside MS 

    Fletcher MS                            Springfield MS

    Frank H. Peterson                 Stanton HS Terry 

    Ft Caroline MS                       Terry Parker HS 

    Kernan MS                              Twin Lakes MS 

    Lakeshore MS                         Westside HS 

    Landon MS                              Wolfson HS

    LaVilla M

Local Resources and Partners

  • Equality Florida Statewide agency dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) residents. Click here to visit their site and learn more information.  The Florida Department of Health protects, prevents and improves the health of all people in Duval County. Call them at 904-253-1000 or click here to visit their site and learn more information.

    Jasmyn is a local LGBTQ+ organization whose mission is to support and empower LGBTQ+ young people while bringing people and resources together to promote equality and human rights. Call them at 904-389-3857 or click here to visit their site and learn more information.  Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays or PFLAG Promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Call them at 904-737-3329 or click here to visit their site and learn more information.