Schools across Vermont get $1.4M to improve school safety

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MONTPELIER – Funding has been awarded to 69 public, private and independent schools throughout Vermont to improve the safety of school infrastructure.

The $1.4 million school safety grant program will allow the schools to complete a total of 150 projects to better secure facilities.

Governor Scott and the Legislature approved the funds during the 2019 legislative session to allow eligible schools to plan for, and install, equipment to enhance building security.

Priority was given to locking mechanisms for exterior and interior doors and public address systems to ensure that the whole school can be aware of an emergency.

Other improvements funded through these grants include security cameras, window shading and other projects.

The state has now allocated $5.5 million to 308 schools statewide to make these improvements, with $4 million going to public schools in 2018.

Another $1 million was earmarked in 2018 for school safety planning and training assistance.
The Vermont School Safety Center recently conducted seven two-day regional planning, training and exercise workshops for 184 Vermont schools.

“This grant program follows up on our previous School Safety Grant in 2018,” said Education Secretary Dan French. “We’re working hard to make sure Vermont schools have the resources, infrastructure and training they need to keep students and staff safe at school.”