Threats to student safety continue to rise, but one thing remains unchanged: money’s tight. So when legitimate offers for free resources come up, astute leaders pay attention.
Since signed into law in 2013, the Indiana Secured School Safety Program has granted more than $53 million to Indiana school districts so they can prepare and protect their students against potential safety threats. Legislation passed in 2019 expanded the parameters of the program, making more items eligible for reimbursement from the state, and making it easier for more schools to access funds.
In short, the program is designed to support schools in the following:
- Employing a school resource officer (salary, benefits and training)
- Conducting a threat assessment
- Purchasing equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders
The program isn’t currently open for applications, but the application period is expected to open in the summer of 2019. “Each district and non-public school will be notified with information to create an administrator account in the INtelligrants grant management system,” say program officials.
In the meantime, access program details and check your school’s eligibility at https://www.in.gov/dhs/securedschoolsafety.htm.