Safety Commission seeks to improve school safety and reporting


Lee County

Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ Public Safety Commission said the state’s school safety reporting policy was “flawed,” but it also gives optimism for the future.

The committee met in Sunrise on Tuesday for the second day in a row to review how the school reported on safety accidents.

Changes are expected and will focus on training and data collection. The Safety Committee continues to coordinate the system in the hope of improving these two areas.

The first step in the development of the commission was to recognize the problem in the first place. President Bob Guartieri, also Pinellas County Sheriff, spoke openly during the meeting.

“The flaw was caused by a number of issues,” Gualtieri said. “Some of them were indifferent. Some of them were confused about the definition. Some of them were under-trained.

In order to improve student safety and school environmental safety incident reporting (SESIR) issues, the Commission now requires school districts to report SESIR data monthly rather than at the end of the year school. There have also been improvements and increased requirements for district staff to receive training.

“Training is a key part of SESIR, and I wonder how specific it is and how the district is or is not doing a good job,” said Max. Shractor said.

“In one year, we have the opportunity to understand where the problem is and where the problem needs to be resolved at the school level,” said Ryan Petty.

The SESIR case, defined as particularly violent or destructive, appeared on our radar after then principal Peggy Srichter of Manatees Elementary School claimed the school was downplaying serious problems. I did.

According to Lee County records, the school did not report a SESIR case to the state in 2020-2021.

The district investigated Slichter’s allegations and found no fraud, but the Florida Department of Education is still investigating the allegations against Lee County School. Slichter has also filed proceedings in a lawsuit against a district that does not need to respond to the proceedings until next month.

“People have a lot of concerns about SESIR,” said Gualtieri. “About the reports, the accuracy. “

Overall, the Commission is optimistic that the safety of schools and students will continue to improve. But long-term data is needed before we can see the true impact of these changes.

“It takes time for it to develop and burn to know if there has been any improvement,” Gualtieri said. “Until we look at the data in early 2010, we don’t know if there has been an improvement. “

The Commission believes that in early 2022 this will be the first time it can assess whether security and recent changes to the SESIR report are working properly.

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