"A law passed by the Florida Legislature in the spring of 2018 mandates training for all public school employees and students to prepare them for an active threat on campus, such as an armed assailant." Micanopy Academy follows the Alachua County Public School's protocol for school safety by training with the ALICE program. "ALICE is a nationally-recognized and very highly-regarded program used in many schools and other settings throughout the nation.
By law, all students must receive age-appropriate ALICE training during the first week of school and again during the first week of the second semester, which falls in January. The training will include both videos and direct discussion between students and teachers."
From ACPS's Office of Safety and Security:
Safety at Micanopy Academy
Your child's safety is our number one priority at Micanopy Academy. We've installed surveillance cameras in key locations around campus to monitor the entry points, hallways, and common areas of our school. Our doors remain locked during the school day and all visitors must check in at the front desk to receive a visitor badge before accessing our campus. Our School Guardian leads students and staff in regular ALICE training and drills. While securing our campus is an ongoing endeavor, we encourage students and parents to participate in making our school a safer place by reporting suspicious activity or any concerns to MA staff.
Our School Guardian trained with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office to become Micanopy Academy's School Guardian. His 150-hour program included:
80 hours of firearms instruction
16 hours of instruction on precision pistol instruction
8 hours of instruction and experience in shooting simulators
8 hours of instruction in active-shooter or assailant scenarios
8 hours of instruction in defensive tactics
12 hours of instruction on legal issues
12 hours of certified, nationally recognized diversity training.