TVCS School Safety

SAFETY & SECURITY

The Charter School has students, staff, and facility safety and security as an ongoing top priority.

It is under continuous review with upgrades and improvements implemented as necessary.

The Villages Charter School (VCS) will share, inform, and update students, staff, parents, and the community of timely information in the area of safety and security and mental health services. VCS strives to provide a high quality education, with a dedicated and concerned staff, in a safe, secure, worry-free environment. Safety is our top priority.

Safety Protocols In Place For The 2022-2023 School Year:

The Villages Charter School makes a continued effort to provide a safe environment for our students and staff. Our safety plan is under continuous review, with upgrades and improvements implemented as necessary. Provided below are the safety protocols VCS will implement for the 2022-23 school year.


One School Resource Officer (Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputy) is assigned to each building and is on campus from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. One School Resource Officer is also assigned as an afternoon floater, and will patrol the entire campus from 2:30 PM to 10:30 PM. In addition, the School Resource Officer Supervisor and Administrator will be present as needed.


A Key card access system has been installed on all exterior doors. All staff members will be assigned a picture ID access card permitting them to access certain doors in certain buildings at specific times, as needed. Additionally, only one main entrance access door will be available for visitors/late arriving students to enter during the school day. Those entrances have a camera and audio system that permits front office personnel to see and talk with any person, prior to allowing them access. All visitors must state the reason for their entry and provide photo Identification. Perimeter Fencing with locking gates have also been added to each campus, so as to restrict access to common areas.


Several cameras have been added in strategic locations throughout the campus. These cameras are monitored by the Safety Specialists, Administrators, and the School Resource Officers.


School Staff will enforce the need for compliance of all students wearing their picture ID at all times on campus. We ask parents to encourage their students to wear their ID cards as an important part of our safety initiatives. Displaying a school issued picture ID is part of the campus-wide VCS dress code policy.


VCS will conduct an active assailant drill each month as required by law. These drills will vary in scope and detail as determined with input and participation by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department.


The Fortifyfl tip line website is bookmarked on all student chrome books and school computers for easy access. This allows students and parents to submit an anonymous tip concerning anything that might affect student or school safety. There are Fortifyfl posters displayed in the buildings as required by law.


We constantly emphasize the importance of school safety and encourage positive proactive dialog and suggestions from and between students and staff.

Our Safety & Mental Health Department Can be Reached at (352) 259-6865

SCHOOL SAFETY DIVISION

John Spitler

Safety Specialist

352-259-3777 x1015


Tom Jacques

Safety Specialist

352-259-3777 ext 1016


Brandin Sullivan

Safety Specialist

352-259-3777 ext 1017

Brandin.Sullivan@tvcs.org

Tara Milow

Campus Logistics

352-259-6848 ext 4806

Tara.Milow@tvcs.org


Florida Department of Children and Family Services - 866-762-2237 or 352-330-2162

Child Abuse Hotline – 800-962-2873

GetFortifyFl – Suspicious Activity Reporting App

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800-273-8255

Sumter County Sheriff’s Department – 352-569-1600 - www.sumtercountysheriff.org

SPEAK OUT – ANONYMOUS TIP LINE – 800-423-TIPS (8447) www.speakouthotline.org