TVCS School Safety

SAFETY, SECURITY AND MENTAL HEALTH

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 2020-2021 School Year:


One School Resource Officer (Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputy) assigned to each building working 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. In addition, the School Resource Officer Supervisor and Administrator will be in and around campus on a regular basis.


Two armed, uniformed State Certified security officers from N-TACT Security in Ocala will be working 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM patrolling the campus. These officers have completed the 144 hour School Guardian program required by the state.


A new key card access system for all exterior doors. The system allows for control and monitoring on every exterior door. 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 buzzer system that permits front office personnel to see and talk with any person prior to “buzzing them in” (allowing them to enter). All visitors should be prepared to state the reason for their entry and provide a picture ID. Fencing with locking gates has been added to each building.


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.


Enforcing 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 and is required as part of 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 now 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. We are expecting another banner year for all at The Villages Charter School. We take a great deal of pride in who we are, what we do, and how we do it.

SCHOOL SAFETY DIVISION

John Spitler

Safety Specialist

352-259-3777 x1015


Tom Jacques

Safety Specialist

352-259-3777 ext 1016


Sharon Tatman

Mental Health Coordinator

352-259-2300 x4363


Safety Letter to parents

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


VCS Security Buffalo PRIDE Meeting
Infographic-Reporting Abuse During Covid-19.pdf