Governor Rick Scott has announced his action plan to keep Florida students safe in the wake of the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County on February 14.
Governor Scott’s plan calls for an increase in Safe Schools funding by $450 million across Florida’s school districts. Scott also calls for $50 million in additional funding for mental health initiatives.
Governor Scott announced his plan on Friday, February 23. Included in the complete plan are these measures to keep children safe on campuses:
- Increase Safe School Funding
- Require School Police Officers on Every Campus
- Mental Health Initiatives for Students
Superintendent Robert Avossa showed his support for Scott's plan in a letter sent to Tallahassee on Monday, February 26.
Dr. Avossa stressed that the legislature needs to take swift action to approve the measures for school safety before the end of the legislative session March 9.
Dr. Avossa issued a letter to parents and staff outlining steps to further secure campuses, including:
- Principal review procedures, assesses of campuses
- Study of systems and protocols, implement recommendations
- Disciplinary consequences for threats, weapons