Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) collaborates with numerous local agencies including local law enforcement, the state attorney's office, the Seminole Prevention Coalition, the SCPS PTA, and private agencies to promote the prevention of violence, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs among its students and staff. Several activities take place during the school year. Some of the activities include:
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Seminole County celebrates Red Ribbon Week the last full week in October. During this time, schools host assemblies and students take part in poster and public service announcement contests. The State Attorney's Office hosts the poster contest each year and uses winning posters to create its annual drug free calendar.
Red Ribbon Week commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who died at the hands of drug traffickers in Mexico while fighting the battle against illegal drugs to keep our country and children safe.
Violence Prevention Month
Each year Seminole County students, both public and private, join thousands of youth nationwide to participate in Violence Prevention Month. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth Violence.
This month-long national education initiative involves activities that demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their school and community safer.