In yet another sign that safety has become a top priority in the world of education, Massachusetts is offering $7.2 million school safety grants to improve security.
The funding, which will be administered by the Office of Grants and Research’s Justice and Prevention Division, will be preferentially awarded to support initiatives at schools deemed to have the greatest need as well as proposals that prove to be the most cost effective, according to the state government.
“Consideration will also be given to schools that are taking meaningful steps to establish a more safe and supportive school climate in order to reduce instances of violence,” stated the office of grants in its announcement.
Both school districts and charter schools are eligible to submit applications by the April 3 deadline. (Each district, however, may only submit one application.) Before applying, the school must also already have implemented the state’s Multi-Hazard School Emergency Threat Assessment and Response Plan.
The grants office stated that it expects to announce the award recipients on April 26 and begin allocating funding to schools on May 1.
All the details of the $7.2 million in grants and the application process can be found on the website of the Massachusetts Office of Grants and Research’s Justice and Prevention Division.
This new, one-time $7.2 million in grants builds upon previous efforts in Massachusetts to improve school safety. In 2014, for example, the state created the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission within the wider Safe and Supportive Schools Framework Law, which sought to reduce the impact of gun violence.
The multi-hazard threat assessment program, which is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, was later launched in 2015.
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