Second Round of School Safety Grants for Mental Health

Lee RussellNews

As students and teachers went back to school this September, their school could be receiving another school safety grant.

This second round of grants – which will focus on advanced mental health initiatives – are part of the $100 million school safety program that Attorney General Brad Schimel runs at the Office of School Safety within the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Here’s what they are saying:

ABC 2: This fall, hundreds of Wisconsin public and private schools will receive a total $48 million focused on mental health … The grant comes from the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Office of School Safety. It set up a $100 million school safety plan after the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., in February. The latest grants were announced Thursday in Manitowoc, where school officials and law enforcement received school safety training they will share around the state.

The Courier: According DOJ, this new round has introduced new prerequisites and training requirements. Ten percent of all full-time teachers at the school must attend a 12-hour adolescent mental health training course. Schools must establish a School Safety Intervention Team (SSIT) that are in compliant to the DOJ guidelines. Both prerequisites need to be completed by Aug. 31, 2020.

ABC 18: Under this second round, grant funding is awarded on a per-student basis, according to student enrollment as reported to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Each school or school district that applies will receive an estimated $55.21 per child, but no awardee will receive less than $10,000 nor receive more than $2.5 million, in order to ensure all applicants receive sufficient funding to make meaningful physical security improvements.

Wisconsin State Journal: The Monona Grove School District has been awarded a $190,806 grant in the second round of funding for enhancing school safety in Wisconsin schools. A total of $810,000 was awarded to 13 school districts and schools in southern Wisconsin, with the money going toward mental health support of students and establishing standard emergency response protocols in schools.