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School Safety



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.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act of 2018 mandated a variety of safety, security, and mental health requirements for every public school in Florida. The Villages Charter School is in compliance now, and already had many of these requirements in place prior to the new law. Some upgrades, expansions, and additions such as additional School Resources Officers (SROs) and interior and exterior cameras have been put in place. The school is constantly looking at new products, ideas, and “best practices” to provide an even safer environment.

The Villages Charter School believes in implementing the evidence-based Multi-Tiered System of Support/Response to intervention model so all students’ mental health needs and concerns are met and are provided with proactive, timely, and evidence-based interventions. Please contact your child’s school counselor for any questions or concerns.

School safety is about being aware, being prepared, and being alert.

John Spitler                                        Tom Jacques                                  Sharon Tatman
Safety Specialist                                   Safety Specialist                              Mental Health Coordinator
352-259-3777  x1015                           352-259-3777  x1016                       352-259-2300  x4363                         

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    

Sumter County Sheriff’s Department – 352-569-1600 -

SPEAK OUT – ANONYMOUS TIP LINE – 800-423-TIPS (8447)            

      Parent Child Social Media Contract

Website Accessibility

The Villages Charter School (VCS) is committed to ensuring that its website is accessible to people with disabilities. If you use assistive technology and are experiencing difficulty accessing information on this site, please contact to gain access to inaccessible content or functionality of online content. To file a formal grievance under Section 504 and Title II with VCS please contact Patrick Murphy, Instructional Technology Supervisor at 352-259-2350.