Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) held a School Safety & Security Town Hall Meeting, in conjunction with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), on Thursday, March 9, 2017. This meeting was held to inform parents on School Safety in SCPS. Click here for the meeting presentation.
The School Resource Officer Program has recently expanded to include a deputy sheriff or officer in every Seminole County school. This collaborative relationship between law enforcement officers, teachers, school personnel and parents represents one of the most proactive strategies in community-oriented policing and crime prevention. By applying this philosophy within the school, the School Resource Officer is able to assist school administration in providing the most secure and orderly environment possible. Additionally, School Security Officers are full-time Seminole County Public School employees assigned to middle schools, high schools and specialty centers to enhance security measures at these facilities.
All of our schools have an Emergency Response Plan to inform personnel of necessary action to take in the event of a critical incident. The plan is based upon the Nation Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS), which is a nationally recognized emergency management methodology used by public safety agencies, schools and businesses. The ICS provides an organized approach to managing emergencies from time of discovery all the way through to recovery and resuming full school operations. Schools regularly participate in emergency drills in order to be prepared in a crisis situation.
In 2000, the School Board entered into an agreement with the SpeakOut Hotline. This program provides three 24-hour monitored services that allows students, parents, or community members to anonymously report concerns regarding drugs, weapons, bullying, harassment, violence, abuse, suicide, or other problems by calling (800) 423-TIPS (8477), online at www.speakouthotline.org, or by downloading the app P3 Tips. SpeakOut has contributed to the district’s ability to be proactive in responding to various situations before they escalate to the crisis level.