Duval County Public Schools is dedicated to the safety of all children, and we've put strong measures in place to keep your children safe. These measures include conducting regular drills for emergency preparedness.
Video Preparation for Active Assailant Drills
Florida passed a law in 2018 requiring all schools to conduct active assailant drills. These drills are intended to teach students in an age-appropriate way how to react when there is a threat of danger at one of our schools. To better prepare our children for the drills, we have asked for permission from Pinellas County Schools to use their safety video series. We will also use a resource from Hillsborough County in middle and high schools.
These are age-appropriate videos for students based on national best practice provided by the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, all students will participate in school-wide drills designed to provide practice, so our students will be better prepared and know what to do in an actual emergency.
Note: The video for students in kindergarten through second grade is not shown to students in schools. It is provided below in case you choose to watch it at home with your child.
Parent Choice to Opt Out
We understand that some parents of elementary school students may not want their children to experience these videos, particularly if the child has been through past trauma. Therefore, we will provide parents and guardians of elementary school students with a process to opt their children out of these videos.
The form to opt out of participation is available in FOCUS under your parent account. If you do not have a parent account, you can open an account here.
All of the videos are posted below so that caregivers can make an informed decision. Again, the K-2 video is provided for home use at your discretion. It is not shown at school; therefore, no opt-out is needed for kindergarten through second grade students.