Page ContentSafety and SecurityAll Volusia County Schools will be protected by a school guardian or law enforcement officer, including elementary schools. Click HERE for a list of schools with the type of officer assigned. While police officers and Sheriff’s deputies may be familiar on middle and high school campuses, the school guardian program is a new addition to elementary schools. What’s a School Guardian?The difference between a law enforcement officer and school guardian is that guardians do not have arrest authority and are employees of the school district. Guardians have undergone extensive background checks, drug testing, a psychological screening, 132 hours of training with the Sheriff’s office, 12 hours of diversity training, and another 12 hours of training on security in schools and strategies for dealing with students. Guardians will carry a concealed weapon and wear a district polo that identifies him/her as a guardian.School Guardian Job RoleSchool guardians will be very visible, providing security and surveillance to school campuses, parking lots and grounds. Duties include responding to emergency situations, assisting administration and law enforcement with threat assessments, investigating suspicious activity, managing school access and assisting with traffic control. It is also very important that school guardians build relationships and trust with students, parents and staff, as well as communicate about and respond to security-related concerns and issues.Mental Health and Wellness ProgramsVolusia County Schools has partnered with the Sandy Hook Promise to bring age-appropriate, research-based programs to our schools:Say SomethingTMTeaches youth how to recognize warning signs and signals. Especially in social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and "Say Something" to a trusted adult before it's too late.Start With HelloTMTeaches children, teens and young adults how to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another.Safety Assessment & InverventionTMTeaches adults in schools how to identify, assess and respond to threats of violence or at-risk behavior before a tragedy takes place. The program not only addresses the threat itself, but also helps identify and treat the underlying issue in a youth’s life that led to him/her making a threat.SOS Signs of SuicideTM Teaches youth and adults about the warning signs of depression and suicide, and action steps to get help when concerned about themselves or a friend before a tragedy occurs.