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Pinellas County Schools to ask for nearly $2 million in safety funds

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Posted at 7:02 AM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 07:58:57-05

PINELLAS COUNTY , Fla. — On Tuesday the Pinellas County School District will request state funds from the School Hardening Grant.

The school system is asking for nearly $2 million.

The district wants all employees to have the ability for two-way instant communication with the main office and school police in case of a safety or security issue.

They would use the grant money to provide cell phone lock down capabilities to all staff members.

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The funds would also be used to install speakers in the classrooms.

The new security plan includes adding classroom door window protection that would make it difficult for someone to break-in through the window.

Leaders want to continue expanding keyless access control through the district, to allow each school to be able to lock down quickly if needed.

The district started working on safety upgrades last year when they added a one button lock down system and a feature that would feed live information directly to law enforcement during an active shooter situation.

The district will vote on this at its meeting Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.