Harrisburg, PA – October 30, 2018 – Sen. Art Haywood (D- Philadelphia/Montgomery Counties) is pleased to announce that $125,000 in School Safety and Security grants were awarded to school districts in the senatorial district through the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

“I am thankful to Governor Wolf for the appointment of the School Safety and Security Committee as well as the state funds to local school districts. These funds will ensure the safety of our children and increase their overall wellbeing.”

Each school district received a $25,000 grant allocation:

  • Philadelphia School District (Philadelphia County)
  • Abington School District (Montgomery County)
  • Cheltenham School District (Montgomery County)
  • Jenkintown School District (Montgomery County)
  • Springfield Township School District (Montgomery County)

After Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 44 into law in June of 2018, the School Safety and Security Committee was established. The Committee develops the criteria schools use when performing school safety and security assessments, issues surveys that allow schools to measure their safety and security preparedness and administers grants to schools to improve safety and security.

The Committee established criteria for conducting a security assessment, which is a strategic evaluation of a school’s facilities and programs used to identify potential safety and security threats. Assessments include consideration of the safety and security of a school’s physical environment, climate and behavioral health environment, and related school safety policies and trainings.

Across Pennsylvania, a total of $52.5 million has been allocated to the School Safety and Security Grant Program for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.