Security

Episcopal's care and concern for its students means that assessment of campus safety and security is ongoing. Through professional development for faculty and staff as well as the presence of physical (seen and unseen) measures, Episcopal routinely reviews and updates campus security policies and procedures. We do not publicly disclose many of our security measures in order to maintain the highest level of safety.

Every faculty and member, coach, and chaperone is required to complete the Safeguarding God’s Children training that addresses child abuse prevention and awareness, and the prevention of sexual misconduct. The Safeguarding program was designed by the Church Pension Group and has been widely adopted by the Episcopal Church (read more here: https://www.churchpublishing.org/products/safeguardinggodschildren).

Emergency and fire drills are conducted on a regular basis during the school year. An anonymous reporting system is available to faculty, staff, parents, and students through the ESJ app.

Lower School Campuses

Beaches Campus
  • In January 2020, faculty and staff underwent Active Shooter Training, presented by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The presentation walked participants through how such an event unfolds and immediate response techniques.
  • Administrators also attended Crisis Training. Finn Partners, a consulting agency that works closely with schools and universities to manage crisis situations, spent two days with staff, walking through different hypothetical scenarios the school may face. This helped administrators determine areas where adjustments could be made in procedure and identify areas where no changes in protocol are currently needed.
  • In 2018 the school implemented a Health, Safety, and Well-Being program that seeks to ensure the culture of the school is caring, understanding and supportive. The initiative provides comprehensive programming about all aspects of physical and mental health.
  • Armed officers are on campus while school and after care is in session.
  • A security camera system helps to monitor the campus.
  • A secure fence with alarmed gates surrounds the academic buildings on campus.
  • There is only one entrance for visitors to campus, which includes a camera and buzzer system.
  • Episcopal has an outstanding relationship with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. JSO has a daily presence on campus, with a marked patrol unit available for any activities or events.
  • The school conducts unannounced drills for fire, lockdown, and weather.

Middle and Upper School, Munnerlyn Campus

  • In August 2018 Faculty and staff underwent Active Shooter Training, presented by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The presentation walked participants through how such an event unfolds and immediate response techniques.
  • Administrators also attended Crisis Training in August. Finn Partners, a consulting agency that works closely with schools and universities to manage crisis situations, spent two days with staff, walking through different hypothetical scenarios the school may face. This helped administrators determine areas where adjustments could be made in procedure and identify areas where no changes in protocol are currently needed.
  • In 2018 the school implemented a Health, Safety, and Well-Being program that seeks to ensure the culture of the school is caring, understanding and supportive. The initiative provides comprehensive programming about all aspects of physical and mental health.
  • Pastoral care, as well as care from professionals in the Student Services offices, is available to students, faculty, and staff.
  • The school has a visible campus patrol.
  • Armed officers are on campus at all times while school is in session.
  • Blue Light Emergency call buttons located around campus immediately contact security.
  • Access to campus during the day is limited.
  • An anonymous reporting system is available for parents, faculty and students.
  • A security camera system helps to monitor both the Munnerlyn and Knight campuses.
  • Episcopal has an outstanding relationship with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. JSO has a daily presence on campus, with a marked patrol unit available for any activities or events.
  • The school conducts unannounced drills for fire, lockdown, and weather.