School Safety

Over the course of a school year, several drills are conducted at each WJCC school, including fire, tornado, intruder and lock-down drills. These drills help prepare students and staff in the event of a true emergency.

Additionally, each school regularly reviews and updates their school safety plans. These plans include specific information about the different crisis situations that could occur in a school. The plans also include procedures for ensuring students and staff have access to counselors, if needed, after a crisis has occurred.

During an emergency, parents are encouraged to obtain important information and directions prior to going to a school. If needed, students will be transported to an alternate pick-up location and parents will be provided with directions via our notification systems. Please remember that before a child will be released to a parent/guardian in an emergency situation, proper identification will be required.

To ensure that you will receive notification in the event of an emergency, please ensure that your contact information is current. If you need to update your information, please contact your child’s school.

For additional information, visit Emergency & Crisis Planning.

Bullying Prevention in Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools

Bullying is a problem in many spheres of our culture: it exists in relationships in the work place, in families and in communities. While bullying exists throughout the community, public schools are in a unique position to educate children and adolescents about its presence, danger and negative consequences. Schools can also teach behaviors that will protect students from the harmful effects of bullying. Based on the findings of past and current research, these guidelines promote school practices that address bullying behaviors in schools.

WJCC policy JFC addresses bullying as an unacceptable behavior. Furthermore, the division promotes age-appropriate strategies designed for prevention, intervention and accountability for bullying behaviors and promotes the use of evidence-based anti-bullying practices throughout the division.

Bullying is characterized by the following:

  • Repetitive behavior
  • Physical or emotional harm
  • An imbalance in power

Resources for Parents

The links below provide resources with information to assist families with how to recognize bullying when it occurs, how to address bullying situations, and support services for victims of bullying and bystanders.

http://doe.virginia.gov/support/prevention/bullying/model

  • This link is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and addresses the Bullying Policy adopted by the Virginia Board of Education and provides resources, services, and definitions related to bullying and bullying behaviors.

http://www.stopbullying.gov

  • This link is sponsored by the United Stated Department of Health and Human services. It provides valuable information on how to prevent and report bullying and resources to help families handle bullying situations.