The School Safety and Security Committee established within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) by Act 44 of 2018 recently approved $12.4 million in school safety grants to 496 school districts throughout the Commonwealth. Southern Columbia was among the recipients.
 
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 trainings; 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. 
 
Of these applications, 76% of school districts applied for funding related to security planning and the purchase of security-related technology. Southern Columbia's application was related to the aforementioned. The next most popular activities/items requested by Pennsylvania's schools 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. For a complete list of recipients please visit https://www.pccd.pa.gov/AboutUs/Pages/Press%20Releases/School-Safety-and-Security-Committee-Approves-$12-4-Million-in-School-Safety-Grants-to-School-Districts.aspx

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