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How South Florida schools say they’ll prevent mass shootings

MiamiHerald / Schools in South Florida have made a promise to parents: We will keep your children safe.

Now, after 17 students and staff died Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, public schools and police in both Broward and Miami-Dade have announced new measures to uphold that pledge. They include arming deputies on school grounds with rifles and making sure officers are patrolling school campuses that are currently unguarded.

On Tuesday, the Miami-Dade school district sent a memo to parents detailing some of the changes on campuses. Teachers are now required to keep their classroom doors locked during the day and all students, teachers and staff at middle and high schools will have to wear school-issued IDs, a requirement that will be implemented in the coming weeks.

Miami-Dade is also evaluating how it can reduce the number of entrances at each school and reviewing protocols related to drills and school lockdowns, according to the memo. In the meantime, all available law enforcement and mental health staff currently working in school district offices have been deployed to schools.

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