Issue #12                                           SCPS Newsletter                                  October 26, 2018
From SCPS Superintendent - Dr. Walt Griffin
Dear SCPS Families,
Walt Griffin, Ed.D  Superintendent
Safety and security is one of Seminole County Public Schools' top priorities. Our school district is the first district in the state and one of the first in the country to have dedicated and trained School Resource  Officers and Deputies at all of our schools and we have been doing so for over three years. We were also the first school district in the country to have a command-level officer at the district level. This provides us with a direct connection to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, a vital partner in keeping our schools safe.
For this edition of In the Zone, I have asked Captain Rick Francis to share some of the changes you will be seeing this school year in regards to school safety and security. Captain Francis earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice (with Honors) from Andrew Jackson University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Administration (with Honors) from Columbia College. He served our county in the United States Navy as a Combat Medic for four years and then served in the Army Reserve for two years as a Flight Medic before beginning his career in law enforcement. Through the Seminole County Sheriff's office, he now serves as the School Safety and Security Director for SCPS.   
No one wants to see or hear about any school-related tragic event. School administrators and law enforcement would prefer to prevent all school-related crimes and ensure a safe learning environment each day. Each school day we are responsible for the most vulnerable people in Seminole County. The reality is there are so many things outside the control of the school administrators and our school resource officers/deputies that such a task is virtually impossible. To attempt to predict the disruptive behavior of a student, a staff member, an intruder or a terrorist is unrealistic. However, SCPS has taken actions to prepare for a crisis, avoid a crisis, preclude successive crises, and now, equally important, to lead the healing process following a crisis.

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Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is proud to announce the 2020 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Semi-Finalists.

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South Seminole Academy
of Leadership, Law & Advanced Studies

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Crooms Academy 
of  Information Technology
Partnerships Driving Student 
Success at PSI High
New Career Education Building at 
Seminole High School
November Menus from Dining Services
Making hoax threats is a serious crime, 
which can lead to fines or jail time. 

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See how SCPS and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office are helping students feel safe both physically and mentally.

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SCPS School Board Members

Tina Calderone_ Ed.D.
Karen Almond
Abby Sanchez
Amy Lockhart
Tina Calderone, Ed.D
Vice Chair
Karen Almond
Board Member
Abby Sanchez
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Educational Equity - Notice of Nondiscrimination
The Educational Equity Administrator for Seminole County Public Schools has the responsibility of assuring compliance with the educational equity requirements by providing technical expertise, monitoring activities or programs related to compliance, and responding to equity complaints. One of the responsibilities is to administer the Educational Equity Complaint/Grievance Procedures as adopted by the School Board.
It is the policy of the School Board of Seminole County, Florida, that no employee, student, or applicant shall - on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, marital status, age, religion, or any other basis prohibited by law - be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination and harassment under any educational programs, activities, or in any employment conditions, policies, or practices conducted by the District. Additionally, the School board of Seminole County provides equal access to public school facilities for the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups as required by 34 C.F.R. 108.6.
Every employee, student, or applicant for employment at Seminole County Public Schools has a solemn right to be treated fairly, equally, equitably, and with dignity. If for any reason you - the employee, student, or applicant for employment - find that you have been victimized by acts of discrimination and or harassment, whether intentional or unintentional, you are strongly encouraged to file an Educational Equity Complaint or Grievance with the Educational Equity Administrator, or any county or school-level administrator. All such complaints must be immediately forwarded to the Educational Equity Administrator for dissemination, action, and resolution. Forward to: SCPS Educational Equity Administrator, Seminole County Public Schools, Educational Support Center, 400 E. Lake Mary Blvd., Sanford, FL 32773-7127. (407) 320-0198.  
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