State law requires districts to establish formal procedures governing referrals to local law enforcement.
Florida Statutes 1001.212 Office of Safe Schools.
(12) By August 1, 2019, develop a standardized, statewide behavioral threat assessment instrument for use by all public schools, including charter schools, which addresses early identification, evaluation, early intervention, and student support.
(a) The standardized, statewide behavioral threat assessment instrument must include, but need not be limited to, components and forms that address:
An assessment of the threat, which includes an assessment of the student, family, and school and social dynamics.
An evaluation to determine if the threat is transient or substantive.
The response to a substantive threat, which includes the school response and the role of law enforcement agencies.
The response to a serious substantive threat, including mental health and law enforcement referrals.
Ongoing monitoring to assess implementation of safety strategies.
Training for members of threat assessment teams established under s. 1006.07(7) and school administrators regarding the use of the instrument.
Florida Statutes 1006.13 Policy of zero tolerance for crime and victimization.
(4) (a) Each district school board shall enter into agreements with the county sheriff’s office and local police department specifying guidelines for ensuring that acts that pose a threat to school safety, whether committed by a student or adult, are reported to a law enforcement agency.
(b) The agreements must include the role of school resource officers, if applicable, in handling reported incidents and a procedure requiring school personnel to consult with school resource officers concerning appropriate delinquent acts and crimes.
(c) The school principal shall notify all school personnel as to their responsibilities regarding incident reporting, that acts which pose a threat to school safety and crimes are properly reported to the school principal, or his or her designee, and that the disposition of the incident is properly documented.