RITE Academy’s Diversity Training Program helps Florida Law Enforcement fulfill requirements for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act
March 9, 2018, Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 7026, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act LINK. This includes Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Following a meeting with the families of victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Governor Rick Scott today signed SB 7026, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. This legislation makes significant reforms to make Florida schools safer, while keeping firearms out of the hands of mentally ill and dangerous individuals.
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RITE Diversity Training is the only Nationally Recognized Diversity Program, NCP certified by IADLEST, providing 12-hours of required Diversity Training to meet the CS/SB 7026 – ‘Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program’
- Guardian Act 2018 Bill Summaries – LINK
- The Florida Senate Guardian Legislature – LINK
- LINK to Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program
Implementation is required for law enforcement by the start of the 2018 school year. Find diversity training…
As part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, the Sheriff can establish a Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program to aid in the prevention or abatement of active assailant incidents on school premises. This bill allows school districts to decide whether to participate in the school guardian program if it is available in their county.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act requires one safe-school officer at each school. Districts can meet the requirement with any combination of deputy/SRO or a guardian/staff and faculty.
The bill (Chapter 2018-3, L.O.F.) includes, but is not limited to, the following appropriations:
- Over $69 million to the DOE to fund the mental health assistance allocation;
- $1 million for the design and construction of a memorial honoring those who lost their lives on February 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
- Over $25 million for replacing building 12 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
- Over $67 million for sheriff’s offices who decide to establish a school guardian program.
- Over $97 million to aid for the safe school allocation.
Aaron Feis Guardian Program
Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program falls under the purview of locally-elected sheriff’s offices. Participation in this program is 100 percent voluntary and optional and does not allow classroom teachers to carry firearms
Eligibility requirements for a school guardian:
- Candidate must be licensed to carry a concealed weapon
- Pass criminal background check, drug testing, and psychological evaluation
- Achieve an 85-percent pass rate on firearms training
- Complete 12 hours of a nationally recognized diversity training program
- RITE Diversity Training is the only NCP recognized program
No teacher will be required to participate. In fact, the legislation provides that personnel that are strictly classroom teachers with no other responsibilities cannot participate, with specified exceptions.
Implementation is required by the start of the 2018 school year. Find diversity training…
Diversity RITE Training 12 Hours cover:
- (4) Hours – Emotional Intelligence
- (4) Hours – Social Intelligence
- (4) Hours – Racial Intelligence (includes implicit bias, hot buttons, and trigger points)
Next RITE Academy Diversity Train-the-Trainer is May 3-4, 2018 – REGISTER
Our RITE Diversity Program is easy to teach, which includes teaching manual, power-point slides, video’s, tests, handouts, certificates, evaluations and web-linked surveys. For Single-Agency Information, contact RITE Academy, Director of Training, Randy Friedman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office – RITE Training RESULTS
LCSO has already completed RITE’s Diversity Program and has successfully rolled out the program to its law enforcement road patrol, and corrections. RITE’s Diversity Program is proud to have as part of its evidence-based training stats, Lake County Sheriff’s Office showing a 60% reduction in Use-of-Force Incidents and 50% reduction in complaints against police officer, after 1-year of implementation.
Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County discusses the Marshall Program, later named the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program… “It’s Awesome!”