COLUMBUS—State Senator Scott Oelslager
(R-North Canton) is encouraging districts to take advantage of a new grant opportunity to improve safety and security in local schools.
The program was created in House Bill 318, which was passed by the Ohio Senate earlier this year. Each school that applies for this particular grant will receive the greater of $2,500 or $5.65 per student to spend toward school safety programs and training. It can be used for, but is not limited to, school resource certification training, active shooter and school safety training, as well as training to identify and assist students with mental health issues.
"There is no higher priority than keeping our kids safe and in a secure and healthy learning environment," said Oelslager. "As a co-sponsor of this particularly important piece of legislation, I strongly urge our school districts to complete their application and put these dollars to good use to further protect our students."
The full list detailing how much money is allocated to each district or school can be accessed by clicking here
.The deadline to apply is November 1, 2018, and the full application is available here. For more information on other school safety initiatives in Ohio, please visit https://saferschools.ohio.gov/.