Florida schools seek to beef up safety measures
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Florida schools seek to beef up safety measures

Top Story: Students may be enjoying their summer break, but that doesn’t stop schools from finding ways to better protect them when they return to school.

Several Florida school districts are taking steps to strengthen safety measures. Some of the steps they are taking include:

• Clay County sheriff’s deputies will take over as school resource officers in August as the district closes its safety department, Jacksonville Today reported. The district opened its department in 2019 but had concerns about having a separate law enforcement agency if a major emergency ever arose.

• The Bay County School District is creating an Office of School Safety that will streamline and centralize safety initiatives in the district, WJHG reports.

• The Miami-Dade County School Board is considering adding metal detectors at school entrances, WPLG reports. Nearby Broward and Palm Beach counties recently placed detectors at local high schools.

Hot topics

Teacher shortages: The Polk County School District has more than 300 teaching positions to fill for the upcoming school year, Lakeland Now reports. That’s fewer than at this time a year ago.

Mental health services: The Citrus County School District is expanding its mental health team with a social worker and psychologist to better serve students, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

Lunch line: The Leon County School District is raising cafeteria prices for the first time in 12 years to keep up with rising costs, WCTV reports.

Juvenile justice: Florida has implemented a new system that aims to provide juvenile justice students with a more uniform and equitable education, the Florida Phoenix reports.

Elections: Democratic Rep. Jared Moskowitz endorsed and then rejected a Broward County school board member appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Classroom space: Flagler County school officials plan to lease the old courthouse in Bunnell and move some specialized programs there, which would free up classrooms, Flagler Live reports.

Charter schools: A state audit has revealed serious financial problems at several of Florida’s 720 charter schools, Center Square said.

Mobile phones: Clay County elementary and middle school students will no longer be allowed to use cellphones during the school day, WJXT reports.

Book Challenges: Two St. Johns County parents who are suing the state over its law on appeals of book removals encouraged Flagler County residents to continue fighting against censorship and for quality materials in schools, Flagler Live reports. • A judge has rejected an effort by the Escambia County School District to block school board members from testifying in a lawsuit challenging the removal of books from school libraries, the News Service of Florida reports.

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Athletics: A Sarasota County high school football coach has been suspended and fined after an investigation found evidence of inappropriate contact with a student at another school, the Herald-Tribune reports. The coach is appealing the decision.

From court records … A former Santa Rosa County High School bookkeeper has pleaded guilty without contest to charges of stealing money from the school, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

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