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Tools Available to Improve School Safety


February 28, 2019

State Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) on Feb. 15 highlighted the new tools the General Assembly has made available to identify threats and improve school security. Act 44 of 2018 made several important improvements to school safety, including:

$60 Million in grants for security upgrades for personnel and equipment, or for school counselors; $10 million for State Police security and risk assessments to help schools identify security gaps and fix them; Creation of the Safe2SayPA hotline to confidentially report safety threats; Creation of the School Safety & Security Committee to compile “best practices” for school safety, and establish standards to help evaluate whether school districts have made themselves safe.

To ensure that security is a priority in every school district, the state now requires each district to appoint a safety and security coordinator. Schools must also conduct drills of their response to a school shooter and to involve local police in the response plan.


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