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Safe Schools Prevention/Intervention Programs

  • Advisor-Advisee Program
    The advisor-advisee program is designed to give middle school students the opportunity to develop positive relationships with adult members of the school staff. An environment is created where school staff respond to the needs of and take a personal interest in students. Students learn to monitor their academic progress and accept the consequences of their decisions and behaviors. (2B, C, D)
  • Can Do Schools
    School based system of supports to help remove obstacles to academic achievement in six elementary schools. (2D, E, F)
  • CHAMPs
    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 will be implemented in thirteen elementary, middle and high schools with the possibility of district-wide implementation in the near future. (2B-F)
  • Character Counts!
    A community-based character education program which focuses on six pillars of character - trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship. (2B, D, F)
  • Character Education
    Character Education activities have been developed and are being implemented through each school's ZIP Action Plan. Monthly themes focus on the Character Counts pillars of character. (2B, D)
  • 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. (2B, C, F)
  • 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. (2D, F)
  • Collaborations
    The school system works collaboratively with many community agencies and organizations to provide a comprehensive approach to substance use and violence prevention /intervention, as well as for crisis response support. (2A-F)
  • Communities in Schools
    Communities in Schools is a national program in eight middle schools, whose mission is to champion the connection of community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life. (2E, F)
  • Comprehensive Plan for Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools
    The Comprehensive Plan for Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools is a resource, which includes an overview of principles, plans, procedures, and programs designed to provide assistance to schools in creating and/or maintaining a school climate conducive to learning. (2A-F)
  • 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 fights and batteries. (2B, C, D, E)
  • 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. (2E, F)
  • Contracted Third-Party Providers
    The Jacksonville Marine Institute, PACE Center for Girls, Youth Crisis Center and Tiger Center specialize in adjudicated student services. (2E,F)
  • Coordinated School Health Pilot School Project
    Coordinated School Health Pilot School Project, 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. (2A-F)
  • Crisis Event Support Team (CESTeam)
    The CESTeam's mission is to provide short-term mental health support to school communities in the aftermath of a crisis event. The CESTeam works in coordination with the Student Services Department and Duval County's safety and security services. A minimum of two team members are dispatched to each crisis event to provide intervention services.
    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. (2D, F)
  • 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 Lackawanna. Students committing more serious violations attend Grand Park for 90 days. These schools serve approximately 2,000 students annually. (2E)
  • Don't Laugh At Me
    In collaboration with two family foundations, training was conducted and materials were provided to elementary and middle schools for the Don't Laugh at Me program. This program focuses on conflict resolution, bullying, acceptance, tolerance, ridicule, and empathy. (2B, D, F)
  • Foundations: Creating a Safe and Civil School
    Foundations is a proactive and prosocial approach to school-wide discipline and climate. This program will be implemented in thirteen elementary, middle and high schools with the possibility of district-wide implementation in the near future. (2B-F)
  • Full Service Schools
    Full Service Schools, located in high schools, integrate social services with education in neighborhood schools. These services are available to all residents of the local 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. (2D, E, F)
  • 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. In addition, there is one elementary school identified in each region to provide these services to the other elementary schools in the region. (2C, E)
  • Interagency Agreements
    Interagency agreements are in place to provide additional services to students and their families. (2B-F)
    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 – Kid Power
    Department of Juvenile Justice, Youth Crisis Center, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office – Truancy
    Eckerd Youth Alternatives – Second Step Program

  • Jacksonville Coalition for Prevention
    The purpose of this coalition is to create a holistic approach to prevent and reduce youth violence and substance abuse and to increase mental health services in Zip Codes 32206, 32208, and 32209 through the development of a community-based mental health promotion strategy. (2D, E, F)
  • Join Together Jacksonville
    Join Together Jacksonville is a community anti-drug coalition founded by the City of Jacksonville, Duval County Public Schools' Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Gateway Community Services, River Region Human Services, and City Center Ministries. Funding was obtained through a federal Drug-Free Communities grant. (2D, F)
  • 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. (2B, D, F)
  • 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. (2D, E, F) (2B, D, F)
  • 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 High School 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. (2E, F)
  • Not on Tobacco (N-O-T)
    N-O-T, an anti-tobacco program funded through the Florida Office of Tobacco Control in conjunction with the American Lung Association, is a high school teen cessation program specifically designed to help youth choose healthy lifestyle behaviors, and gain critical life management skills. (2E, F)
  • Partnerships for Preventing Violence
    Duval County Public Schools, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program, is a host of this national teleconference series on violence prevention. Several community businesses and organizations help to sponsor this series and many members of the community participate in the partnership's activities and efforts towards violence prevention. (2F)
  • 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. (2B, D)
  • 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, this program is available to elementary schools upon request and available funding. (2B, D)
  • 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. (2 A-F)
  • 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. (2D, F)
  • 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. Duval County's program is called Zeroing In On Prevention (ZIP). Components include prevention, intervention, support, community involvement, and evaluation. (2B-F)
  • SAVE
    Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) is an after school club, which focuses on planning and implementing violence prevention activities at the school. (2B, D)
  • School Improvement Plans
    Each school develops a School Improvement Plan, which includes a goal on school safety and environment - Communities provide an environment that is drug-free and protects students' health, safety and civil rights. Schools also need to address the Superintendent's High Five Priority, Safe Schools – provide a safe and supportive learning environment where students and staff are free to learn and teach (Goal 2 of the Strategic Plan). (2 A-F)
  • School Safety Office/ Crisis Response/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 a crisis response plan that is connected with community agencies/organizations to provide assistance in case of an emergency situation. Each school has also developed a crisis management plan to be implemented in case of an emergency. (2A, B)
  • School Resource Officers
    A Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer is assigned to each middle and high school (Beaches utilizes Beach Officers) as well as intensive care neighborhood elementary schools. They provide security and conduct classroom presentations on substance use and violence prevention in the middle and high schools. (2B-F)
  • School Police & Investigations
    The School Police & Investigations 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, thorough criminal investigations. A hotline is in place for students to report threats and crimes 24 hrs. a day anonymously – 1-877-723-2728. (2B-F)
  • School Social Workers, Psychologists, Guidance Counselors, and School Nurses
    They provide assistance to schools and services to students based on individual needs. (2 B-F)
  • 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. (2D, E, F)
  • Student Options for Success (SOS)
    An alternative program designed for those students who have committed at least 7 class 2.0 offenses against the Code of Student Conduct. This six-session program focuses on anger and impulse control, communication skills, self-esteem, peer pressure, and goal setting. (2E, F)
  • 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. (2D, F)
  • TEAM Discovery
    TEAM Discovery is an experiential learning model at Andrew Robinson Elementary School, whose ultimate goal is to empower people to do what is right based on learned principles and skills born out of leadership, teambuilding, and problem solving experiences. Program components include educational kinesiology, circle talk, gaming, public speaking, effective life habits, and communication skills. (2D)
    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. (2D, F)
  • Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU)
    Developed by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and American Lung Association, TATU is a tobacco prevention program through which young people ages 14-17 (grades 9-11) teach 9-12 year-old children (grades 4-6) how to avoid tobacco. (2D, F)
  • Unpuffables
    The Unpuffables is a week-long anti-smoking program targeting fifth grade students. This program, which is sponsored by the American Lung Association in conjunction with other business partners, consists of a booklet containing activities for the child and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) to work on together. (2D, F)
  • Victory Over Violence
    Victory Over Violence Week, which occurs the first week in February, involves a variety of violence prevention activities in all schools. (2D, F)
  • WTLV, Channel 12 (NBC Affliate)
    Jeannie Blaylock, news anchor at Channel 12, has produced two programs on tobacco prevention/intervention, Quitting Buddies and I Can Quit, No Problem, which are used in middle and high schools
  • Week Without Violence
    A community-wide week in October, sponsored by Community Connections, focuses on promoting an awareness of violence prevention activities and resources throughout the schools and community. (2D, F)
  • 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. (2D, E)
  • 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. (2D)

These programs and activities address the Strategic Plan, Goal 2: Safe Schools – Provide a safe and supportive learning environment where students and staff are free to learn and teach.

Priority Strategy 2A:
Ensure a physical facility that fosters a positive learning environment

Priority Strategy 2B:
Create a learning environment that nurtures and protects students and staff

Priority Strategy 2C:
Communicate the expectations of student behavior and the consequences for non-compliance

Priority Strategy 2D:
Provide prevention programs and activities that support students in meeting high Academic and behavioral standards

Priority Strategy 2E:
Provide intervention programs to ensure a safe, secure, school environment free of violence, weapons, substance abuse, vandalism, harassment, and discrimination

Priority Strategy 2F:
Increase parental and community involvement.

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