Thursday, May 02, 2019

Statement on School Safety Legislation

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 2, 2019) – Pasco County Schools has received numerous inquiries today about the district’s position on a section of CS/CS/SB 7030.

On Wednesday, the Florida House of Representatives approved this bill, which implements legislative recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission.  It passed the Senate on Tuesday, April 23.  One provision of the bill, which still must be signed by the governor before becoming law, removes the legal prohibition against classroom teachers serving as armed school guardians.

Despite the likelihood of this bill being signed into law, there are no plans under consideration to allow any Pasco County Schools employees to carry firearms on school board property, unless they are employed for the specific purpose of protecting the security of students and staff.  In addition, no school board member has requested that the superintendent pursue allowing teachers or other non-security employees to carry firearms.

School safety guards and the district’s director of safety and security are the only school board employees authorized to carry firearms on school board property.  School resource officers, who are employees of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office or local police agencies, also are authorized to carry firearms on school board property in their official capacity.