WEST CHESTER (October 31, 2018) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that Chester County school districts will receive $300,000 in total state funding to improve and enhance school safety.

The grants come under the School Safety and Security Committee established within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) by Act 44 of 2018.

“This new grant program is part of a multi-faceted approach to improving school safety and preventing violence through security-related technology enhancements, additional school resource and school police officers, effective preparation and planning, and adopting a trauma-informed approach to education,” said Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee and voted for the bill.

Per Act 44, school districts that submitted a meritorious application to the committee were eligible for $25,000 to support one or more activities allowed by the statute.    

Activities and items allowed by Act 44 include performing school safety assessments; purchasing security-related technology and equipment; supporting school safety-related and behavioral-health training; preparing all-hazards plans; hiring school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists; and providing for trauma-informed approaches to education. 

All twelve Chester County school districts, Avon Grove, Coatesville Area, Downingtown Area, Great Valley, Kennett Consolidated, Octorara Area, Owen J. Roberts, Oxford Area, Phoenixville Area, Tredyffrin-Easttown, Unionville Chadds Ford and West Chester Area, were each awarded $25,000 in grant funding.

They come as part of $12.4 million in total school safety grants awarded to 496 school districts throughout the Commonwealth. 

Of these applications, 76 percent of school districts applied for funding related to security planning and the purchase of security-related technology.  The next most popular activities/items requested included the purchase of visitor identification systems, the development and revision to school safety plans and all-hazards plans, and costs associated with training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers.

 

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