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Florida schools now following school security mandates per MSD Public Safety Act

Most districts compliant with aspects of state law
Posted at 5:42 AM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 05:48:22-04

TAMPA, Fla. — The majority of Florida school districts have fallen in line over the summer, following mandated security plans and upgrades required by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act.

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All schools in the state of Florida now have a safe space for students and educators to seek refuge and hide during a threat, called hard corners, according to a survey of all Florida School Districts from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission.

The survey also reveals every school district in Florida is now conducting active shooter drills once per month and teaching students how to hide during a threat.

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Every Florida school district is also promising to lock campus gates during school hours and lock all classroom doors when students are inside.

All schools also have a written plan of what to do if an attacker comes in a building, according to the survey.

Most school districts are also now giving teachers a communications device like the Crisis Alert button recently unveiled in Hillsborough County Schools. It allows teachers to instantly report a threat and notifies both law enforcement and school leaders of an emergency.

The survey also revealing 43 Florida schools are participating in the controversial guardian program. This program lets educators receive extensive training that allows them to carry a gun in schools.