Orange County

These safety enhancements are coming to Orange County Public Schools

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County school leaders say they’re meeting or exceeding new state security and safety standards in its schools.

Those standards are required by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Act, which requires districts to make improvements in hopes of keeping children safe from mass shootings.


Orange County Public Schools police chief Brian Holmes told the school board that there will be more enhancements in the coming months.

Smith said the recommendations came out of conversations with police and fire departments.

Read: Orange County schools add new safety alert system for 2022-23

Here are the changes on the docket:

  • Enhancing no-trespassing signs along the perimeter of schools.
  • Improving PA systems in schools, because there are some schools without full coverage.
  • Adding vehicle barriers in certain areas on campuses.
  • Adding numbers to each building on a school campus to better identify where a threat exists.

Read: FDOE issues letter to OCPS citing ‘significant concerns’ over school safety

According to information shared at the board presentation, the district received more than $15 million to do some of the work, with some of the funding shared with charter schools.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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