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State announces second round of school safety grants

Wisconsin schools will have another opportunity to boost safety during a second round of School Safety grants to be awarded by October. Approximately $45 million in remaining school safety money will be used for student mental health initiatives,...

Wisconsin schools will have another opportunity to boost safety during a second round of School Safety grants to be awarded by October. Approximately $45 million in remaining school safety money will be used for student mental health initiatives, to create school safety intervention teams and add physical security upgrades, according to Attorney General Brad Schimel.

The Legislature provided $100 million for school safety statewide following the February mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

To date, approximately 97 percent of public schools and 40 percent of private schools have applied for the first round of funds, according to a release from the Department of Justice.

"In the first round of grant funding, schools and law enforcement worked fast to identify the greatest security needs in our schools," Schimel said in the release. "But because local partners did such a great job in the first round, we still have $45 million remaining, allowing us to create schools with advanced mental health training and intervention teams, to stop the violence before it happens."

The funds are available for K-12 schools. Schools must submit a mandatory intent to apply to the Office of School Safety by Aug. 13 to be considered. Grant funding will be awarded based on student enrollment with school receiving less than $10,000 or more than $2.5 million, according to the Department of Justice.

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Schools and school districts that applied for the first round of grants are eligible for the second round, and can apply through a simplified process.

Schools applying for the second round of grants must agree to send 10 percent of full-time teachers and counselors to Department of Justice-approved adolescent mental health training by August 2020 and establish a school safety intervention team.

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