A Legislative Focus on Reunification:

The National Impact of FL HB 1421


Originally Aired 6/7/2022

About 1 hour

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About this Webinar

State legislatures are increasingly addressing school safety and security policies. Reunification procedures and drill mandates have gained attention, particularly with Florida’s HB 1421, which was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 7.   

The panelists will examine the impact of FL HB 1421, including its implications both immediately for Florida school districts as well as national impact with a specific focus on plans for reunifying students and guardians following an emergency.   

School emergency planning and preparedness leaders nationwide who attend this webinar will acquire a valuable look ahead at emerging protocols for these aspects of school safety.  

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding Florida’s focus on school safety and how it impacts other states
  • Preparatory considerations on implementing school safety and security legislation including challenges, opportunities, impacts, and technology needs
  • FL HB 1421 impacts on reunification and other school safety and security mandates
  • Highlights of school safety legislation around the country

About the Presenters

Rep. Christine Hunschofsky,
Florida House Representative, Dist. 96
  • Elected to the Florida House of Representatives for District 96 in November of 2020
  • Became the second female elected Mayor of Parkland and served from 2017-2020, providing leadership in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
  • More than 17 years in public service including: Parkland City Commission Chair and Parkland’s Education Advisory Board
  • Appointed Co-Chair of the United States Conference of Mayors Small Cities Forum and testified before the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force of the 116th Congress
Darren Norris, School Safety Specialist,
Coordinator of Safety & Transportation
Sumter County School District, Florida
  • Selected as the Sumter County School District’s School Safety Specialist in May 2018, following the tragedy at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School
  • 34 years of law enforcement experience working and supervising in a variety of divisions, which include, patrol, tactical operations, community policing, training, narcotics, and homicide
  • Served as an adjunct instructor for several colleges and law enforcement training centers, providing instruction throughout the United States  
  • Served on numerous state committees to strengthen and standardize school safety within Florida including threat assessments, harm hardening and mitigation and Florida’s safe school assessment tool as well as on the board for the National Homicide Investigators Association
Capt. Jill Seymour, Director of Safe Schools, Bureau of Primary and Secondary Schools -
Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida
  • 22 years of law enforcement experience with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
  • 7 years participating with 2015 started with Polk County Public Schools (PCPS) becoming Captain in 2018 and assigned as the Director of Safe Schools for PCPS
  • MBA from Southeastern University and BA from University of West Florida
  • Graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command from Northwestern University

Understanding Legislative Impact on Reunification