June 4, 2021
Alyssa’s Law was passed during the 2000 Florida Legislative session. DTU and DCSB have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the implementation of the law. The law requires all public schools to implement a mobile panic alert system for specified purposes beginning in the 2021-2022 school year. To assure compliance, the District will implement a mobile panic alert system capable of connecting diverse emergency technologies to ensure a real time connection between multiple first responder agencies. The system known as “Alyssa’s Alert” must integrate between local public safety answering point infrastructure to transmit 911 calls and mobile applications.
The District intends to issue a district device to each school based employee. The district device will have an application which can initiate contact with emergency responders and/or school personnel. The device will be distributed from one centrally located district facility (DCPS Technology Center). Any employee who does not elect to utilize the district device may install the same application or software on their personal cell phone device.
- No school personnel shall be disciplined if the device is accidentally activated and emergency contacts are made or if the device is activated when not in the employee’s possession.
- The device must be maintained within the proximity of the employee while on any school campus.
- The employee is responsible for the daily charging of the device.
- The employee will be responsible for replacing the device if lost or damaged (up to $100).
- The employee is not responsible for normal device wear and damage (battery replacement or minor scuffs).
- Any employee who does not elect to utilize the district device may install the same application or software on their personal cell phone device. Any tracking data from an app on a personal device cannot be used for discipline.