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SENATOR JEFF BRANDES FILES SCHOOL SAFETY BILL
Focus on preparedness to deal with dangerous situations
Tallahassee – Today Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) filed SB 790 – School Emergency Procedures, designed to prepare students, teachers, and support personnel for potentially dangerous situations at their schools.
“Ensuring that our students have a safe learning environment is one of the highest priorities of the legislature,” said Brandes. “As a military officer I used after-action reports as an invaluable tool to improve my unit’s performance. It is my expectation that this tool will also improve the safety procedures at our educational institutions.”
The bill requires that schools have at least as many emergency lockdown drills as they have emergency evacuation drills per year. The proposal further encourages local law enforcement and fire officials to participate in emergency lockdown drills and provide recommended improvements for school safety. Finally, the proposal requires that the schools submit an electronic after-action report after each emergency lockdown drill to the school district to better establish best practices and identify safety concerns.