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The School Guardian program was created in 2018 after the tragic and deadly event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to enhance the safety and security of all Volusia County students, faculty, staff, and visitors. All School Guardians are former law enforcement officers or have honorably served in the United States military. Our goal is to increase safety and security by developing positive relationships, based on mutual respect, with all students and staff while also emphasizing intelligence sharing between our staff and local law enforcement partners. School Guardians are highly encouraged to be a mentor to all students and to continually strive to break down barriers through open communication and positive interactions. School Guardians strive to provide a safe educational environment where students can focus on learning and attaining their highest potential.

Our Vision:

Create life-long learners prepared for an ever-changing global society.

Our Mission:

Volusia County Schools will ignite a passion for learning in all students to be productive citizens.

Department Contact

Chief Michelle L. Newman

Phone: (386) 734-7190 ext. 20629

DeLand Administration Complex
200 North Clara Avenue

Richard Myers

Phone: (386) 734-7190 ext. 20623

Chastity Burke                                                         
Guardian Commander                                            
Michael Chilcot                                                         
Guardian Commander                                            
Rosalyn Velasquez-Morales

Phone: (386) 734-7190 ext. 20626
Sharon Hovis
Administrative Secretary

Phone: (386) 734-7190 ext. 20638

For security issues during and after business hours, please call the Security Operations Center at

(855) 4VC-KIDS or (855) 482-5437.