Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 70
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Book) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. This act may be cited as “Alyssa’s Law.”
    6         Section 2. Present paragraph (c) of subsection (4) of
    7  section 1006.07, Florida Statutes, is redesignated as paragraph
    8  (d), and a new paragraph (c) is added to that subsection, to
    9  read:
   10         1006.07 District school board duties relating to student
   11  discipline and school safety.—The district school board shall
   12  provide for the proper accounting for all students, for the
   13  attendance and control of students at school, and for proper
   14  attention to health, safety, and other matters relating to the
   15  welfare of students, including:
   17         (c)Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, each public
   18  elementary, middle, and high school, including charter schools,
   19  shall implement an interoperable panic alarm system, as defined
   20  in s. 1013.373, that is capable of connecting diverse emergency
   21  services technologies to ensure real-time coordination between
   22  multiple first responders. Such system, which must be known as
   23  “Alyssa’s Alert,” must be integrated with local public safety
   24  answering point infrastructure to transmit 911 calls and device
   25  application activations.
   26         Section 3. Section 1013.373, Florida Statutes, is created
   27  to read:
   28         1013.373 Panic alarms in public schools.—
   29         (1) As used in this section, the term:
   30         (a)“Panic alarm system” means a security system signal
   31  generated by the manual activation of a school device intended
   32  to communicate a life-threatening or emergency situation that
   33  requires an immediate response from law enforcement.
   34         (b)“Public school building” includes all buildings on a
   35  public elementary, middle, or high school campus where
   36  instruction takes place or where students are present during the
   37  school day.
   38         (2)Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, each public
   39  elementary, middle, and high school, including charter schools,
   40  must implement a panic alarm system known as “Alyssa’s Alert”
   41  which complies with s. 1006.07(4)(c). Each school must be
   42  equipped with such a system for use in a school security
   43  emergency, including, but not limited to, a nonfire evacuation,
   44  a lockdown, or an active shooter event The panic alarm system
   45  must:
   46         (a) In order to notice all campus occupants during an
   47  active shooter event, be accessible to administrators, teachers,
   48  staff, and other designated personnel at all locations on the
   49  school grounds.
   50         (b)Be directly linked to the main office at the school and
   51  to local law enforcement agencies that are designated as first
   52  responders to the school’s campus.
   53         (c) Immediately transmit a signal or message to local law
   54  enforcement agencies upon activation.
   55         (3)The Department of Education shall issue a competitive
   56  solicitation to identify panic alarm system options that may be
   57  used by school districts. In identifying the options available
   58  to school districts, the Department of Education shall consider
   59  the ability of a system to provide audible and visual
   60  notifications to protect persons who are hearing or visually
   61  impaired; the interoperability of the system with other
   62  emergency management tools, such as surveillance cameras; and
   63  compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. School
   64  districts may select a vendor from those identified by the
   65  Department of Education as qualified vendors and may apply to
   66  the Department of Education for funding through a competitive
   67  grant process.
   68         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.
   70  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   71  And the title is amended as follows:
   72         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   73  and insert:
   74                        A bill to be entitled                      
   75         An act relating to panic alarms in public schools;
   76         providing a short title; amending s. 1006.07, F.S.;
   77         beginning in a specified school year, requiring each
   78         public school, including charter schools, to implement
   79         a panic alarm system for specified purposes; providing
   80         requirements for such system; creating s. 1013.373,
   81         F.S.; defining terms; requiring each public school to
   82         be equipped with a panic alarm system; providing
   83         requirements for such systems; requiring the
   84         Department of Education to issue a competitive
   85         solicitation to identify panic alarm options to be
   86         used by school districts; requiring the department to
   87         consider certain options available to school districts
   88         during the process; authorizing school districts may
   89         select a vendor from those identified by the
   90         department as qualified vendors; authorizing school
   91         districts to apply for funding from the department
   92         through a competitive grant process; providing an
   93         effective date.