FOCUS is 10 weeks long and therefore is a little shorter than the 17 week
DARE program. This allows for greater flexibility. With only
about 18 weeks of school in each semester, it was hard to accommodate all
17 weeks of DARE due to school holidays, school testing, field trips, law
enforcement training days, and other unforeseen events such as hurricane days.
Our mascot is Otis the Owl. We also use various "eyeball"
related items to represent FOCUS. The eyeball stands for
"FOCUSing" on crime. The FOCUS t-shirt is given to each
student who completes the FOCUS program.
FOCUS is taught in the 5th grade by the elementary school resource officer
that serves the school. In addition to FOCUS, another program, known
as Junior FOCUS, is
taught to all 1st graders in Citrus County.