The Jeff Davis County School System works closely with our local emergency agencies and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (G.E.M.A) to provide a safe environment for our students, staff, parents, and visitors. Our committed partnership with these agencies helps to ensure our schools are prepared for an emergency.
Georgia law requires every school to develop and implement a wide-range safety plan that addresses acts of violence, of terrorism, natural disasters, hazardous materials, and radiological incidents. This plan serves as a guide to help staff and our public safety partners respond swiftly should a crisis occur in our schools. A major part of the safety plan is emergency drills. During the school year, our schools have practice drills. These drills help provide continuous planning and preparation to create a safe environment.
Please know the Jeff Davis County School System and our public safety partners are dedicated to making our schools safe. If you have any questions concerning school safety, please contact me at 912-375-6705. We appreciate your continuous support. (Below are a few safety tips/rules provided by Hazlehurst Chief of Police, Ken Williams and Jeff Davis County Sheriff, Preston Bohannon).
Assistant Superintendent of Operations
Since school will be taking in earlier this year, students will be at the bus stop locations earlier in the dark. Students need to stay clear of the roadway.
Buses will be traveling longer during dark hours. Bus drivers need to take extra precaution in making sure all students are boarded before leaving the bus stop.
Bus drivers do not need to allow anyone on the bus but students. Parents need to be reminded they cannot board any school bus
Student drivers need to travel directly to school and avoid joy-riding in the area of the schools, as traffic congestion is heavy.
High School students need to try to access the high school parking lot from the Yellow Jacket Drive entrance.
A reminder to students, teachers and parents to leave early enough to allow for traffic delays(heavy traffic, accidents, train traffic).
Students and teachers are reminded to lock their vehicles on campus.
Parents dropping off students need to be aware of other students walking between cars.
All drivers and passengers need to wear seat belts. (The last survey at school showed about 36% of seat belt use in school zones).
No one has access to school unless they have checked in at the office and obtained a pass.
Top 10 Rules for School Safety
1. Always TAKE A FRIEND when walking or riding your bike to and from school.
2. Stay with a group while waiting at the bus stop. If anyone bothers you while going to or from school, get away from that person, and TELL a trusted adult like your parents or teacher.
3. If someone you don't know or feel comfortable with offers you a ride, say NO. Never hitchhike, only accept a ride from someone if your parents have told you it is okay.
4. If someone follows you on foot, get away from him or her as quickly as you can. If someone follows you in a car, turn around and go in the other direction.
5. If someone tries to take you somewhere, quickly get away and yell, "This person is trying to take me away!" or "This person is not my father(mother)!"
6. Never leave school with someone you don't feel comfortable with or know.
7. If you want to change your plans after school, always CHECK FIRST with your parents.
8. If you go home alone after school, check to see that everything is okay before you go in.
9. Trust your feelings. If someone makes you feel scared or uncomfortable, get away as fast as you can and TELL a trusted adult.
10. ALL PARENTS need to be familiar with the sex offenders in the area! You can go to the website at: www.jdsoga.com. Click on LOCAL OFFENDERS, then VIEW ALL OFFENDERS. You can view each individual that is a Registered Sex Offender, see their picture, and their current address. Have knowledge of the ones living near you and near bus stops.