School safety is a top priority for Flagler Schools. We have implemented standardized policies district-wide and collaborate closely with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office to ensure effective emergency response at all our facilities. All county agencies work together to maximize the chances of a positive resolution.
Flagler Schools encourages families, students, and employees to share information about emerging safety and security concerns before they escalate into emergencies. The Fortify FL app can be used to report suspicious activity directly to school officials or law enforcement agencies.
Flagler Schools has adopted The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) created and supported by the I Love U Guys Foundation. Students and staff will train, practice, and drill this protocol.
The SRP is based on an all-hazards approach as opposed to an individual scenario approach. Like the Incident Command System, the SRP utilizes clear common language while allowing for flexibility in protocol.
There are five specific actions that can be performed during an incident. When communicating these, the action is labeled with a “Term of Art” and is then followed by a “Directive.” Execution of the action is performed by active participants, including students, staff, teachers, and first responders.
"Hold In Classroom or Area"
"Get Inside, Lock Outside Doors"
"Locks, Light, Out of Sight"
"Evacuate to a Location"
"State Hazard and Safety Strategy"
All Flagler schools have a full-time School Resource Deputy (SRD) on duty during school hours. SRDs are certified law enforcement officers who have received additional training in safety, security, mentoring, and community involvement in order to work with youth in the community. Their role is to provide the physical presence, training, and support needed to help families and educators feel safe in the school environment.
The SRD program is a vital part of safety in our schools. The program thrives due to a solid working relationship between Flagler Schools, the City of Palm Coast, and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. SRDs make important connections with students and are called on for their expertise in matters involving law enforcement. As positive role models, SRDs provide information and give presentations that help students make better choices and understand the consequences of their actions.