The School Services Department worked throughout the summer on school safety requirements related to Senate Bill 7030. Security Risk Assessments were completed at all schools as safety enhancements continue at each site.
In response to SB 7026, all St. Johns County schools are assigned a Youth Resource Deputy for emergency response situations, as well as facilitation of required training, drills, and participation on each schools Threat Assessment Team.
Over the summer, the School Services Department has been busy processing hardship out-of-zone applications. As of the start of school on August 10, approximately 1,700 applications have been processed by the department.
In August, approximately 200 student-athletes and coaches attended a Pursuing Victory With Honor (PVWH) training at St. Augustine High School. PVWH is a collaborative effort to proactively build character in young people by teaching, enforcing, advocating and modeling the Six Pillars of Character – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Eight senior athletes from district high schools were nominated for the David Maccaulay Mathis Memorial Pursuing Victory With Honor Award at the American Youth Character Awards held April 9.
During Spring Break, the St. Johns County Sherriff’s Office conducted a training for its officers at Creekside High School focusing on “Active Shooter Response Scenarios.”
From Jan. 17 through Feb. 12, District employees may request that their child attend the school in which they work, or the school within closest proximity of their work location. Renewal of previously approved hardship requests will be accepted starting on January 23. Parents submitting first-time hardship requests and new employees hired for the 2018-2019 school year may submit their hardship requests starting on March 20.
School Services has established a Pursuing Victory with Honor Student-Athlete Advisory Council. This Council will meet bi-monthly with the Senior Director of School Services to discuss current trends and issues in high school athletics.
The Athletic Leadership Council students from Pedro Menendez High School football, cheer, and volleyball teams participated in the first Falcon Pride Patrol. These students went to W.D. Hartley, Otis Mason, Osceola, and South Woods elementary schools to greet the young students as they arrived at school. Watch a video to learn more about the Falcon Pride Patrol.