During the 2020 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 70, and Governor Ron DeSantis signed it into law to provide an extra layer of protection in Florida’s schools. The Legislature allocated $6.4 million in recurring state funds to ensure every Florida public school has this critical life-saving tool.
In accordance with Section (s.) 1006.07(4), Florida Statutes (F.S.), all Florida public schools, including charters, must be outfitted with mobile panic alert systems by the start of the 2021-2022 school year. The systems will enable all school staff to silently and easily contact law enforcement to respond in the case of an on-campus threat or crisis.
On Monday, April 12, 2021, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) hosted a topical webinar for school districts and charter schools and shared additional information regarding Alyssa’s Law and implementation of Alyssa’s Alert systems in Florida public schools. The webinar recording is available at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/6765833121164737037.
FDOE has allocated up to $2,000 per public school campus, traditional and charter, in each school district. FDOE, through the procurement process, identified the 10 providers, listed below, and negotiated fixed pricing for Florida school districts and charter schools. School districts and charter schools may use a different vendor whose solutions meet all statutory requirements; however, FDOE will only cover the costs of agreed-upon services provided by one or more of these vendors, up to each district’s allocation.
Below is the list of FDOE-selected vendors, which will be updated routinely as more information is available.
- AppArmor/Cutcom Software
- ARES Security Corporation
- Motorola Solutions
Districts should work with their charter school governing boards, local response community and county 911 coordinators to implement the training, strategies and systems that are best suited for their community. Additional information about Florida 911, as well a link to the county 911 coordinators can be found here.