During the 2020 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 70, and Governor Ron DeSantis signed it into law to provide an extra layer of protection in Florida’s schools. The Legislature allocated $6.4 million in recurring state funds to ensure every Florida public school has this critical life-saving tool.
In accordance with Section (s.) 1006.07(4), Florida Statutes (F.S.), all Florida public schools, including charters, must implement a mobile panic alert system capable of connecting diverse emergency services technologies to ensure real-time coordination between multiple first responder agencies beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. Such system, known as “Alyssa’s Alert,” must integrate with local public safety answering point infrastructure to transmit 911 calls and mobile activations.
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE), through the procurement process, identified the 10 providers listed below and negotiated fixed pricing for Florida school districts and charter schools. School districts and charter schools may use a different vendor whose solutions meet all statutory requirements; however, FDOE will only cover the costs of agreed-upon services provided by one or more of these vendors, up to each district’s allocation.
Below is the list of FDOE-selected vendors, which will be updated routinely as more information is available.
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) hosted topical webinars for school districts and charter schools to share information regarding Alyssa’s Law and the implementation of Alyssa’s Alert systems in Florida public schools.
Districts should work with their charter school governing boards, local response community and county 911 coordinators to implement the training, strategies and systems that are best suited for their community. Additional information about Florida 911, as well a link to the county 911 coordinators can be found here.