PARKLAND, FL - Superintendent Robert Runcie presented safety and security measures for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in a letter sent to parents at the high school on Wednesday evening.
Law enforcement officers from the Florida Highway Patrol will be present at the school, provided by Florida Governor Rick Scott. The Broward County school district will be providing additional security personnel for the school, as well, according to the Superintendent.
All students will be provided with a clear backpack at no cost, and only clear backpacks will be allowed on campus, said Runcie.
All students will be issued an identification badge and both students and staff will be required to wear it at all times on campus.
Superintendent Runcie said the district is examining options for consolidating the points of entry to the high school and is considering metal-detecting wands and possibly metal detectors.
The Superintendent informed parents that the District is expediting completion of Single Point of Entry measures for visitors to the high school, which will be completed by the end of the calendar year or the first quarter of 2019.
Runcie announced that the State will provide the District with approximately $8.5M to place at least one school resource officer in each school beginning for the 2018-2019 school year. In addition, he said the State will provide approximately $6M to the District to expand mental health services for the 2018-2019 school year.
The Superintendent said that real-time surveillance camera systems will be upgraded and installed at all schools by June 2018, funded through the District's current capital budget funding sources. He further announced that the District will develop a Districtwide Security Risk Assessment for all schools by August 2018 and will apply for state funds to improve the physical security of the school buildings.
Runcie said, "While we cannot change the heartbreaking and senseless act of violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, by working together, we can change the future. All students deserve safe schools. We are proud of our students' determination to effect positive change in this country -- and for the incredible support from the Broward community and across the country."