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School Guardian Program Survey

With the passage of SB7026, Florida Statutes have been revised to require School Safety Officers in each school. School Resource Officers will be assigned to all Lake County schools for the 2018-2019 school year as required by legislation. In addition to School Resource Officers, the law also permits that districts choosing to do so, may utilize School Guardians or non-classroom school personnel who volunteer to receive rigorous training by the Sheriff’s Office, to have access to a secured weapon on a school campus for the purpose of responding in the event of an active shooter incident. No teachers will be eligible to volunteer with the exception of ROTC instructors, current and former military service members, and former law enforcement officers.


Other instructional personnel who do not meet the definition of a classroom teacher – such as administrators, media specialists and guidance counselors – are not excluded.


Any person who volunteers must:

  • Hold a valid concealed carry license;
  • Successfully complete 132 hours of firearm safety and proficiency training;
  • Pass a psychological evaluation;
  • Pass a drug test;
  • Successfully complete ongoing firearms training at least annually; and
  • Complete at least 12 hours of diversity training using a nationally recognized program.

Please take a moment to respond to the survey about the issue of School Guardians. Your feedback is important and appreciated. The survey will remain open through Friday, April 20. The survey is available at this link: