MSD Public Safety Commission meets to discuss school safety and Alyssa’s law

It has been more than three years since 17 people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

On Monday and Tuesday, the public safety committee investigating the deadly shooting is expected to meet as it continues its mission to make Florida schools safer.

According to the agenda, one of the topics they plan to address is the implementation of Alyssa’s law and its integration with 911 centers.

The sweeping school safety bill that Governor Ron DeSantis enacted last year is named in honor of 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff, who was killed in the Valentine’s Day school massacre in 2018.

It requires all schools to install a panic button system that allows teachers and staff to silently alert law enforcement in the event of an emergency or life-threatening situation on all campuses. public and charter schools.

According to the meeting’s agenda, the Public Safety Committee will also consider a list of topics focused on issues related to schools reporting violent threats.

The meeting comes just days after the results of an audit were made public and revealed that the Broward School District is still failing to adequately respond to potentially violent students, years after the 2018 shooting.

According to our press partners at Sentinel of the Sun, the district changed the way it conducts behavioral threat assessments in 2019 after the release of a scathing report from the same commission.

The review was conducted by external auditors hired by the district to measure compliance and after reviewing 200 threat assessments, they found that more than half were not completed quickly, completely, or with proper follow-up.

The last time the MSD’s Public Safety Commission met was in February 2021. At that time, the group, which included relatives of shooting victims as well as Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, discussed the third grand jury report on safe schools in Florida. This report was completed in December 2020.

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