MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel announced on June 28, 2018 that 147 schools and school districts have been awarded the next round of grants through the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grant program, administered by DOJ’s Office of School Safety. The Kohler School District was awarded the full amount that it requested – $61,150.00.
Grant dollars are divided into two categories: the Primary School Safety Grant and Advanced School Safety Grant. DOJ’s Primary School Safety Grants focus on baseline improvements to schools, including door locks and hardening school entryways. The Advanced School Safety Grants are awarded to schools that have met minimum security thresholds. In addition to making upgrades to school buildings, one of the School Safety Grant prerequisites is providing all full-time teachers, aides, counselors, and administrators with a minimum of three hours combined training in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and Trauma Informed Care/Trauma Sensitive Schools (TIC/TSS) before the end of the 2018-2019 school year; or demonstrate that staff has already received such training.
Highlights from the school safety grant applications include such improvements as:
- Securing school entry areas with shatter resistant film;
- Improving visitor screening through internal and external security camera, video/audio surveillance, key card access, door fob, an entrance buzzer system and reconfiguration of entry doors;
- Updating internal classroom locks, including electronic locking devices;
- Increase communication throughout the entire school through PA system upgrades, intercom capabilities, and panic buttons;
- Installing playground security fencing; and,
- Training for all staff on trauma sensitive schools, threat assessment and prevention, youth mental health, and armed intruders.