• Keeping Staff and Students Safe
    Steps we take to ensure student and staff safety 

    Safety and Security Efforts and Resources

    • Each school has a safety plan and emergency response team.
    • All school classrooms are locked when occupied by students.
    • School plans are reviewed with staff each semester.
    • The District has a highly trained School Police Department, giving all schools direct access to school resource officers.
    • The District utilizes various major security monitoring methods including camera surveillance and monitored controlled access systems.
    • All schools and District offices have a District Emergency Communications Network radio with direct access to School Police and District leadership. School Police have direct access to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
    • All schools conduct regular evacuation drills (fire drills).
    • All schools conduct regular emergency and lockdown (“code red” and “code yellow”) drills.

    Student and Staff Social and Emotional Support

    • All schools have support through district Crisis Intervention Teams (social workers, psychologists, and behavioral specialists).
    • All schools have access to the Child Guidance Rapid Response Team.
    • All schools have access to the 24/7 District Crisis Hotline for employees to report student mental/emotional health concerns.
    • All students and parents have access to the Bullying Hotline via phone (904-390-2255) or text (390Call@Duvalschools.org).
    • All schools have access to a school-based nurse.
    • All employees have access to an Employee Assistance Program (904-296-9436).
    • Other support resources are available through the United Way by calling 211.

    Communications

    • District emergency communications with parents and staff include:
      • School Messenger (telephone and email)
      • District and school websites
      • Social Media (Facebook and Twitter)
      • Parents can also call the district at 904-390-2000