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As students across Florida start the new school year, incoming Senate President Bill Galvano wants lawmakers to think about expanding the school-safety efforts approved during the 2018 legislative session after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

More Than 20 Districts Move Forward With ‘Guardians’

Aug 16, 2018
LESLIE OVALLE / WLRN

About a third of Florida’s school districts are taking steps to deploy armed “guardians” on school campuses to prevent incidents such as mass shootings, according to the state Office of Safe Schools.

By law, all schools in Florida are required to employ a sworn officer or trained guard by the first day. With not enough guards hired, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is assigning officers to fill the gap.

School districts across Florida are scrambling to meet a deadline to install security officers in every single public school.

Broward County is almost done training its first group of armed school safety officers, called Guardians, in time for the first day of school on Aug. 15. 

School resource officers and police departments throughout South Florida have a message for any student who thinks it might be a funny prank to call in a threat to a school: it’s a serious crime with grave consequences. And they’re cracking down.

The Duval County School Board heard from school police Chief Micheal Edwards Tuesday, who is heading up the hiring of 105 school safety assistants to patrol the district’s elementary schools.

Members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission drilled presenters from the Department of Education Friday, on the second and final day of meetings for this month.

Clay School Board Seeks Tax Rate Hike For Mandated School Security

Jun 12, 2018

The on-again, off-again proposed Clay County school district referendum asking county voters for a $1 property tax rate increase to meet state mandates to improve school security appears on again.

The commission charged with improving school safety is looking into the effectiveness of school resource officers—a school’s main line of defense that critics say failed students at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School amid a Valentine’s Day shooting. Seventeen students died, more than a dozen others were injured.

WLRN

A task force has released a report with 100 recommendations for keeping kids safe in the wake of the Florida school shooting that killed 17.

Polk Hires School Guardians

May 9, 2018

fter the shooting in Parkland, Florida lawmakers set aside money to beef up school security. $162 million will help schools provide safety officers at every campus.

A longtime agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will direct the state’s Office of Safe Schools, which was created after a mass shooting in February that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. 

Volusia County Sheriff's Twitter

Volusia County Schools needs to hire 45 more resource officers to meet a new state requirement– put in place after the Parkland shooting.

WLRN

The father of a student killed in a mass shooting at a Florida high school is suing the armed officer who stood outside the building as people were massacred within.

The Broward School Board unanimously voted Tuesday to reject the state’s new program to arm school staff in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shootings.

WLRN

Armed security officers are becoming more prevalent at America's schools, according to a federal study released Thursday amid a heated debate over whether teachers and other school officials should carry guns.