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Safety Grants Available Nationwide

More and more, lawmakers are leading the charge for change.  All across the nation, multiple safety bills are being passed and many have associated grant funding.  This means free money for your school.  ASR is actively researching multiple bills and approved funding.  Review this page regularly to see if your state or county has available funds.

National Funding

$25 Million in COPS School Violence Prevention Program Grants

COPS School Violence Prevention Program grants provide funding for law enforcement coordination, notification technology and violence-deterrent methods.

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is awarding $25 million in grants as part of the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence: School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

Awards should be used to increase safety at school across the country through evidence-based school safety programs. Funding will cover 75 percent of the certain safety measures, with the other 25 percent provided by the recipients, including:

  • Coordination with law enforcement
  • Training and education for local law enforcement to prevent student violence on campuses
  • Metal detectors, lock, lighting and additional violence-deterrent methods
  • Technology to expedite law enforcement notifications during emergencies
  • Additional safety measures that are deemed a significant improvement to security

Awards are capped at $500,000 and will be awarded directly to units of government at the state or local level.

The deadline to apply for a COPS School Violence Prevention Program grant is July 30, 2018.

Apply online at the COPS Office website. 

Good Neighbor Citizen Grants from StateFarm

State Farm helps to build safer, stronger and better educated communities across the United States by providing Good Neighbor Citizen Grants. The issues of community safety have received unprecedented attention in the wake of school shootings such as at Sandy Hook Elementary, Virginia Tech and hurricanes such as Katrina and Sandy. As these diverse yet equally exigent disasters unfold, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board recognizes the importance of keeping our communities safe from natural disasters, social issues and acts of violence. Educational institutions are eligible for these grants that focus on safety, education and community development.

Public Safety Grants from Target

Target has a public safety grant eligible for public schools. This grant covers specialized investigative police equipment such as digital cameras, forensic items, youth programs such as PAL or Police Explorers, and crime prevention programs such as vehicle theft prevention or neighborhood watch.

New Federal Funding Bill Pours Money Into School Safety

The House Appropriations Committee in a press release touted $2.3 billion in increases for school safety, with funds coming through programs at the Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services departments.

Overall, the Education Department would get $70.9 billion under the bill, a $3.9 billion, or 5.5 percent, increase — the largest boost the department has seen in recent years. Charter school programs would receive $58 million, or about 17 percent more, although 2018 Trump administration budget proposals to fund private school vouchers or promote public school choice via Title I funds were nixed.

School safety has been top of agenda in D.C. since the February 14 shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people.

CONGRESS HAS PROVIDED SIGNIFICANT NEW FUNDING FOR SCHOOL SECURITY. 

Updated April 16, 2019

Through the STOP School Violence Act enacted in 2018, Congress authorized nearly $1 billion for U.S. Department of Justice school safety and security grants over the next ten years. Two thirds of funding appropriated under the act supports violence prevention training and anonymous reporting technology through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, while one third is prioritized specifically for school security equipment and technology and related uses under the School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

For information on allowable uses, application considerations and other important information on the program, see SIA’s school violence prevention program page.

United States BJA Grant Opportunities

BJA provides formula grants, discretionary grants, earmark funding, and funding for payment programs to support state, local, tribal, and community efforts to build safe communities.

While BJA awards many grants specifically to state, local, and tribal government, BJA also provides grant opportunities that support faith-based and non-profit activities. Please visit the BJA Funding page for a complete list of funding opportunities.

DOJ awards more than $70M in grant funding for school safety

  • The U.S. Department of Justice announced more than $70 million in grant funding through the STOP School Violence Act, which provides support for school security, student and faculty training, and to aid law enforcement officers and first responders during school violence incidents. 
  • More than 220 jurisdictions across the country will receive awards through one of two entities — the Office of Justice Program’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)  that will provide new reporting technology, threat deterrent measures, and training and education, according to the release. The funding can also support new or existing crisis intervention teams.
  • The department will also invest $1 million toward research on the factors that lead to mass shootings.

Colorado

Douglas County Schools Get $10 Million To Upgrade School Safety After Shooting

A Colorado county has approved spending $10 million on physical and technological upgrades at more than 100 schools and on mental health programming in response to a deadly school shooting in May.

Douglas County commissioners on Thursday appropriated about $7.7 million for physical safety and set aside $1.3 million for technology for schools to deploy in the future, the Denver Post reported.

About $990,000 will go toward mental health programs, including curriculum, training and surveys about school culture. That’s enough to cover schools’ requests related to students’ emotional needs, said Commissioner Abe Laydon.

Ninety-one district schools applied for and received some funding, along with 15 charter schools and eight private schools.

Laydon said the grants won’t be able to prevent all acts of violence, but they will make it more difficult to harm children in Douglas County.

Florida

State Representative Michael Gottlieb, (D-District 98) has filed legislation to pass Alyssa’s Law in Florida. This legislation would mandate every public school in the State to have a panic button alarm system installed. The intent of the alarm, per Rep. Gottlieb, is to allow a teacher or school employee to be able to communicate directly with local law enforcement in the event of an active shooter or other emergencies, reducing response time, which in turn can save lives. ASR Alert Systems, based in Juno Beach, FL, has developed and installed this type of technology in several schools, businesses, town halls and places of worship, around the state of Florida as well as in other states throughout the country.

A petition has been started to ensure the Alyssa Law gets passed at the national level. The law was passed in New Jersey earlier this year and implemented for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. State Representative Michael Gottlieb has sponsored the bill and will need the legislature to agree to allow alarms in schools.

The public can help bring Alyssa's Law through to the national level by signing the petition using the link below. The petition has a goal of 10,000 signatures. 

To sign the petition CLICK HERE

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act (MSDHSPSA)

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that took the lives of 17 Florida students and educators, the 2018 Florida Legislature passed and the Governor signed SB 7026, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. This legislation outlines significant reforms to make Florida schools safer, while keeping firearms out of the hands of mentally ill and dangerous individuals.

Provisions of the law include:

In 2019, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 7030, known as the Implementation of Legislative Recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law and it includes the following provisions:

  • Development of a standardized behavioral threat assessment instrument
  • Additional duties for the Office of Safe Schools to include compliance montioring
  • Changes to the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program
  • Requirements for districts to promote the FortifyFL mobile suspicious activity reporting tool
  • Requirement for the Commissioner of Education to oversee compliance with the MSDHSPSA
  • Charter schools must comple with specific school safety statutes
  • Expedited transfer of student records from school to school
  • Clarification of district responsibilities for school safety

If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Department of Education at safeschools@fldoe.org.

Georgia

The State of Georgia recently approved nearly $100M in funding for K-12 schools that can be applied toward Schools Safety. This funding can be used to purchase new school safety solutions in Georgia to protect students and teachers. 

Indiana

Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Program

The Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Fund provides matching grants to school corporations, accredited non-public schools, charter schools or a coalition of school corporations and/or charter schools applying jointly to: 

  1. Employ a school resource officer (salary, benefits and basic 40-hr training course);
  2. Conduct a threat assessment; and/or
  3. Purchase equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders.

Indiana Common School Fund

  • If your school was previously approved for a matching grant from the Indiana Secured School Fund (established at Ind. Code 10-21-1-2) you may apply for an advance from the Indiana Common School Fund.
  • Pursuant to HEA 1230 and Ind. Code 20-49-10-5(a), advances may be used to purchase equipment or make capital improvements needed to:
    • restrict access to schools;
    • expedite the notification of first responders; or
    • improve school security.

Indiana Dept of Education House Enrolled Act 1225 - Safe Schools

HEA 1225 provides a one-time grant to school corporations, charter schools, and non-public schools who jointly apply for a Secured School Safety Grant through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) with the county sheriff to provide initial set-up costs for an active event warning system. Sheriff departments may receive multiple grants.

Warning systems must include:
● Two phone application-based system that includes school officials as a sender within the system
and law enforcement agencies as a receiver within the system;
● An adjusted geofence to alert law enforcement agencies that are within a certain geographic
location, including settings based on rural and urban locations, with an urban setting having a
reduced geofence and a rural setting having a broader geofence;
● The ability for students and the public to submit anonymous tips through a free reporting
application;
● The ability for information within the system to be interoperable with the 911;
● The ability to display the school’s address and location on a map;
● The ability to provide notifications during emergencies and nonemergencies;
● The ability to call 911 automatically when the system is triggered; and
● The ability to operate several individual school response plans.

ASR Alert Systems is an approved vendor for this funding.

Maine

Readfield-based school district to reinforce school security with $40,500 grant

Regional School Unit 38 is strengthening its school security, the result of a $40,500 grant it recently received from the Department of Justice.

“Student safety will always be something we can look to improve upon,” said Jay Charette, superintendent of RSU 38, also known as the Maranacook school district. “We do our best to be ready, and sadly we learn lessons from those that have experienced school shootings in recent years.”

The grant money is part of $85.3 million awarded nationally by the Department of Justice under the School Violence Prevention Program of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. 

Maine schools received $1.25 million of that funding. School Administrative District 15, which includes Gray and New Gloucester, received $494,850; RSU 52, which includes Greene, Leeds and Turner, received $324,108; Sanford School Department received $216,221; and SAD 30, which includes Lee, Springfield, Webster and Winn, received $181,767.

“These grants to Maine Schools will assist local districts in preventing violence in schools and enhancing the safety of Maine schoolchildren,” said U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank in a press release.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance, within the Department of Justice, and the COPS Office manage the programs and administer the grants. 

Maryland

Maryland Center for School Safety Fiscal Year 2020 Safe Schools Fund Grant

Grants Offered in Fiscal Year 2020
● Safe Schools Fund Grant
● School Resource Officer (SRO) / Adequate Coverage Grant
● School Traffic Safety Enforcement Grant
● Hate Bias Crimes Grant

Who May Apply
Funding is available to the following Maryland entities:
● Safe Schools Fund Grant
○ Local School Systems
○ Non-Public Special Education Schools

● School Resource Officer (SRO) / Adequate Coverage Grant
○ Law Enforcement Agencies (LE)1
○ Local School Systems

● School Traffic Safety Enforcement Grant
○ Law Enforcement Agencies

● Hate Bias Crimes Grant
○ Non-public and private schools, child care centers as defined by Md. Code Ann.,
Education Art. §9.5-401, and Local School Systems which are determined to be at risk of
hate crimes.

All funding is contingent upon the Maryland Center for School Safety (the “Center”) receiving the
specified grant funds from the State of Maryland. As of the posting of this Notice of Funding
Availability, the General Assembly completed appropriations for Fiscal Year 2020.

For further assistance, please contact:
Gifty Quarshie, Fiscal and Grants Analyst
410-281-2335
MCSS.MCSS@maryland.gov

Michigan

Oakland County awarded $682,000 to support emergency response efforts.

Oakland County is getting help from the federal government that will better prepare officials in responding to emergency situations.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded the county $682,503 through the State Homeland Security and Urban Area Security Initiative grant programs. This represents a decrease of $35,262 from the previous year.

The current year grant includes $281,958 to continue three full-time positions in the homeland security division and sheriff’s office, and $351,000 for capital improvement projects. Funding will also be used to reimburse communities that provide neighboring municipalities with active shooter and civil unrest training.

The county received $506,422 through the Urban Area Security Initiative, which supports terrorism preparedness efforts in the areas of planning, equipment, training and exercises. It also assists those high-threat, high-density areas in their efforts to build and sustain prevention, response and recovery efforts following acts of terrorism.

Minnesota

Special state grant funds school safety upgrades.

Thanks to a one-time grant from the Minnesota Legislature, Sartell-St. Stephen schools will have money for a number of safety upgrades.

At the school board’s Nov. 6 work session, Joe Prom, director of Business Services, said the district will receive $135,000.

The money comes from $30 million that will be split among all Minnesota school districts based on enrollment.

Sartell-St. Stephen leaders plan to use the money to address a number of safety issues at schools. New security cameras will replace old technology at Oak Ridge and Pine Meadow schools. The money will also pay for a new visitor entry system now being rolled out across the district and for entry system upgrades.

The money had been approved on a contingent basis and depended on there being extra dollars available when the state closed the books on its budget year in June. In all, $63 million was freed up for school safety, a disaster response fund and bus service for riders with disabilities.

Nebraska

Kearney Public Schools gets grant to improve student safety and security.

KEARNEY — Kearney Public Schools recently received a federal security grant that will be used to help improve student safety and security throughout the school district.

According to KPS Associate Superintendent Jason Mundorf, the grant will provide $326,264 in funding during the next two years. The grant comes from the COPS School Violence Prevention Program, a competitive award program that provides funding to improve security at schools through school safety programs.

The goal of the COPS program is to improve student safety and security at KPS schools by purchasing security equipment and training KPS and Kearney Police Department personnel in additional school security measures.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

New York

New York Establishes a New Source of Safety Funding

New York is attempting to establish a Guardians for Schools license plate through A. 6053 and S. 763 (pending), with revenues going into a Guardians for Schools Fund that would help pay for school resource officers and facility safety improvements in public schools, among other school security measures.

North Carolina

Cleveland County vote funds public safety measures.

Voters overwhelmingly approved a one-eighth cent sales tax increase that will fund Cleveland County public safety measures including continued maintenance and operation of the F. Dewayne Beggs Detention Center.

More than 70% of voters cast their ballot in favor of the proposition. County Election Board results show 10,432 people cast "yes" votes compared to 4,061 who were opposed to the measure. Only 9% of eligible county voters cast ballots in the election.

Cleveland County Sheriff Todd Gibson was happy voters approved the new revenue source, which will provide a pathway to funding public safety for years to come.

"We are very excited for the future of public safety in Cleveland County," he said. "This is a great opportunity for the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office and we appreciate the support from the community. Cleveland County has always supported us, and we look forward to the opportunity to continue improving services to residents."

District 3 County Commissioner Harold Haralson also expressed his appreciation to the voters.

"We are very pleased with the election results tonight. We want to thank the citizens of Cleveland County for their support of our public safety officers and needs for our juveniles, EMS, and fire in Cleveland County," he said.

The sales tax will go into effect April l, 2020 and end in 20 years. The county currently has a quarter-cent sales tax dedicated to the jail, but that tax will end in March.

North Dakota

VCPS BOARD ACCEPTS COPS SCHOOL SAFETY GRANT

NewsDakota.com) – The Valley City Public School District is one of 103 school districts across the nation to receive the COPS School Safety Grant.

Superintendent Josh Johnson said the grant awarded to the school district was more than $200-thousand dollars. He talked about what areas need safety improvements with reporter Steve Urness.

The Valley City School board unanimously approved the COPS School Safety Grant at their meeting on Wednesday, November 13th.

The COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program provides funding to improve security at school across the nation.

Ohio

Columbus Valley schools can apply for safety grants

Schools can apply for a share of $10 million in school safety grants awarded by Attorney General Dave Yost’s office for the 2019-20 school year.

All public schools, chartered nonpublic schools and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities are eligible to receive either $2,500 or $4.49 per student, whichever amount is greater.

Funding for the grants comes from funds legislators set aside in House Bill 166. The law gives school leaders flexibility to decide how the grant funds can best benefit school safety and security efforts. These efforts may include:

  • School resource officer certification training.
  • Any type of active shooter and school safety training or equipment.
  • All grades educational resources
  • Training to identify and assist students with mental health issues.
  • School supplies or equipment related to school safety or for implementing a school’s safety plan.
  • Any other training related to school safety.

Applications are due by Dec. 13.

Schools can now apply for share of $10M in safety grants

Ohio schools can now apply for their share of $10 million in school safety grants for the 2019-20 school year.

Public schools, chartered nonpublic schools and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities are eligible to receive either $2,500 or $4.49 per student, whichever amount is greater.

Funding for the grants comes from dollars that legislators set aside for school safety in House Bill 166. The law gives school leaders flexibility to decide how the funds can best benefit school safety and security efforts.

Ashtabula school officials applying for safety grants.

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Ashtabula Area City Schools are stepping up school safety training, thanks to grants funded through the Attorney General’s office.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is awarding $10 million in school safety grants for the 2019-20 school year.

All public schools, chartered nonpublic schools and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities are eligible to receive either $2,500 or $4.49 per student, whichever amount is greater, according to a news release. Applications are due by Dec. 13.

“Our kids learn and grow best in an environment free from fear and violence,” Yost said in a prepared statement. “These grants will help bring that goal closer to reality.”

Last year, Ashtabula Area City Schools received a one-year, $19,520 state grant, which the district is using for safety and security efforts, such as active shooter training and training for school resource officers, Superintendent Mark Potts said.

At Wednesday night’s special Board of Education meeting, the board approved an application for $15,300 to continue the effort.

“The proceeds of the Ohio Safety grant will be utilized for security and safety equipment upgrades such as door control access, increased surveillance equipment and ongoing safety training for staff and students,” AACS treasurer Mark Astorino said.

 

Pennsylvania

Kiski Area, Burrell school districts collectively awarded $83,500 for school security

The Kiski Area School District and the Burrell School District collectively were awarded $83,500 in state Department of Education Safe School Target Grants.

The districts are among others throughout the state receiving a total of $7.2 million in competitive 2019-2020 Safe Schools grants. The money, awarded through the education department’s Office for Safe Schools, is intended to to prevent and reduce acts of violence by offsetting costs of school resource or police officers, equipment or programs related to school safety.

Allegheny Township was awarded $60,000 to pay for a school resource officer in the Kiski Area School District.

The Department of Education awarded Burrell School District about $23,500 for security-related equipment. The grants are typically used for security planning and buying security equipment such as metal detectors, protective lighting, surveillance equipment, deadbolts and theft control devices and security technology equipment.

State lawmakers established the competitive grant program in the wake of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Fla. The mass shooting caused Pennsylvania schools to compete for grants to pay for school safety programs.

PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; school police officer grants of up to $40,000, and school resource officer grants of up to $60,000.

Cambria and Somerset counties, Local schools awarded safety grants.

Eight public and non-public schools in Cambria and Somerset counties were awarded a total of $260,939 in school safety grants Oct. 17 from the state Department of Education’s 2019-2020 Safe Schools Targeted Grants program.

Schools can apply for equipment, program, school police officer and school resource officer grants to purchase safety and security-related equipment, prevent and reduce violent incidents, and to provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. The funds are to help schools reduce unnecessary student disciplinary actions, promote an environment of greater productivity, safety and learning, and enhance anti-violence efforts among schools and parents, local governments, law enforcement and community organizations.

Equipment grants, Cambria County: Ferndale Area High School, $24,800; Westmont Hilltop, $24,610; Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, $24,000; Bishop McCort Catholic High School, $22,753; and All Saints Catholic School in Cresson, $20,000.

Equipment grants, Somerset County: Conemaugh Township Area High School, $25,000; Windber Area High School, $22,558; and Johnstown Christian School, $17,970. All Saints Catholic School also received a $20,000 grant and Windber high school received a $59,248 school resource officer grant.

Security grants for faith-based institutions, nonprofits signed into law.

HARRISBURG – Governor Wolf has signed into law bipartisan legislation to provide security grants to faith-based institutions and nonprofit organizations, according to Senator David G. Argall, who sponsored similar legislation earlier this year.

House Bill 859 would make grants available to faith-based institutions and nonprofits that serve individuals, groups, or institutions listed by the FBI as at risk for hate crime incidents. “Schools and other community institutions should be a safe place for every child and resident,” said Wolf. “I thank the bipartisan efforts that helped ensure safety and security funding was available for these nonprofit, community institutions where people gather and should have peace of mind.”

The program is similar to the School Safety Security Grant Program, which helps schools meet a variety of security needs. Argall introduced legislation this year to expand the program to nonpublic schools, after chairing ten statewide public hearings on the subject of school safety in 2018.

“We have made a lot of progress toward protecting our schools and providing a safer environment for young people, especially in the past two years,” Argall said. “This bill allows us to apply the same approach – and the same protections – to residents of our communities who suffer from the greatest risks of violence.”

Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $150,000. Faith-based institutions and nonprofits could utilize the grant dollars for a variety of security planning, equipment, and technology needs, including metal detectors, surveillance cameras, emergency communications equipment, electronic locksets, threat assessments, and building upgrades.

Tennessee

Sumner County legislative delegation and grant funding

This year, members of the Sumner County legislative delegation — Rep. Johnny Garrett, Speaker Pro Tempore Ferrell Haile, and Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver — joined the entire General Assembly to enhance school safety for Tennessee children. All believe every child must attend a good, safe school. 

During the 2019 legislative session, we passed House Bill 947 as part of our ongoing efforts to improve school safety. This legislation makes a $40 million investment to secure our schools through funding that includes a new $30 million investment for the school safety grant fund. The measure also makes additional changes to existing law to prioritize the distribution of school resource officer (SRO) grants to help schools — especially in rural Tennessee communities — secure resource officers. 

Hamilton County schools getting just over $1 million in first two years of state school security program.

NASHVILLE — Hamilton County's public schools have received nearly $333,000 so far under a Tennessee school safety grant program created last year in the wake of a mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school.

And local officials anticipate getting another $668,510 during the current fiscal year that runs through June 30 as a result of the Safe School grant program, proposed by then-Gov. Bill Haslam and approved by state lawmakers in 2018.

Officials in Tennessee's 147 local school districts can use the safety funds to pay for school resource officers, surveillance technology and access controls aimed at better securing schools.

Hamilton County Department of Education spokesman Tim Hensley said the funds so far have been used locally "primarily for safety equipment."

Hensley said the school system has also used the funding to "purchase video entrance cameras and notification systems so that the office can identify visitors before they enter the school and video security cameras for school campuses."

 

Texas

Texas eGrants Funding Schedule

The Office of the Governor (OOG) may solicit applications for grants in the form of a Request for Applications (RFA) through the Secretary of State’s Texas Register. RFA notices serve to inform potential applicants of available funding opportunities. In addition to an RFA, OOG may solicit applications for grants in the form of a Request for Proposals (RFP). The chart below lists each funding opportunity along with the method used to solicit applications and the deadline for submitting applications through eGrants to OOG.

All awards are subject to the availability of appropriated funds and any modifications or additional requirements that may be imposed by law.  For a full list CLICK HERE.

Mission school district gets $367,000 security grant

MISSION — Schools in Mission last week received several hundred thousands of dollars in federal funding to tighten security within Mission CISD.

Awarded through the Department of Justice, the $367,374 grant from the COPS Office School Violence Prevention program will be used to improve security at schools throughout the district through evidence-based school safety programs.

Congressman Henry Cuellar presented the district with the grant at Escobar/Rios Elementary School on Monday.

“It is critical we do everything we can to ensure our schools are safe learning environments for all students,” Cuellar wrote in a statement. “By improving school security infrastructure and providing training to teachers, school administrators and law enforcement, we can prevent senseless and tragic violence in our community.”

At the presentation, Cuellar said that the funds should help the district prevent tragedies that have been seen elsewhere.

 

“These monies are to make sure that we have prevention and make sure that we prevent anything that we see in other places, because as a parent, we drop off a child, we put them in the hands of our educators at a school district, and we want to make sure that they’re safe,” he said. “Unfortunately, we don’t teach in a vacuum. Sometimes teachers have to be social workers, sometimes they have to be nurses, they have to be so many things at one time, and security is one of the other elements that have to be provided.”

Martin Castaneda, Mission CISD’s coordinator for safety and security, says that the money will be used primarily to purchase communications equipment.

“We’re hoping to apply to purchase a communication system, radios and emergency call buttons, to provide that on all of our campuses so we can have access to communicate with all of our first responders should an emergency arise,” he said.

Utah

Grand County School District receives safety and policing grant

The Grand County School District will soon be improving school safety measures, after receiving a federal grant to fund greater coordination with law enforcement, video surveillance advancements, and updated communication technology to connect staff, law enforcement and first responders.

In a statement, the school district reported that it was the only entity in Utah to receive the award from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community-Oriented Policing Services and the School Violence Prevention Program. The roughly $114,000 in funding will go primarily to video surveillance equipment and communication technology. Funding will also support local law enforcement training related to school safety.

West Virginia

West Virginia Establishes a designated fund

West Virginia’s B. 632 establishes the Safe Schools Fund to provide funding to county boards of education for a variety of school safety improvements, including physical upgrades to facilities and the hiring of school resource officers.

Wyoming

NCSD WANTS LEGISLATURE TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR SCHOOL SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming School Board Association backs a resolution proposed by the Natrona County School District to provide additional funding to improve school safety.

The resolution asks the Legislature for funding to provide “increased access to school safety measures, including, but not limited to, School Resource Officers (SROs), school safety infrastructure, and other security measures designed to protect students and staff from an active shooter on school grounds.”

It also asks for funding that would go toward school employee training and coordination with law enforcement and first responders “to ensure appropriate responses to incidents of violence in schools.”

That rationale behind the resolution calls violence across the country “epidemic.”

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