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Valley schools can apply for safety grants

Grants will total $2,500 or $4.49 per student, whichever amount is greater.
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COLUMBUS — Schools can apply for a share of $10 million in school safety grants awarded by Attorney General Dave Yost’s office for the 2019-20 school year.

All public schools, chartered nonpublic schools and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities are eligible to receive either $2,500 or $4.49 per student, whichever amount is greater.

Funding for the grants comes from funds legislators set aside in House Bill 166. The law gives school leaders flexibility to decide how the grant funds can best benefit school safety and security efforts. These efforts may include:

  • School resource officer certification training.
  • Any type of active shooter and school safety training or equipment.
  • All grades educational resources
  • Training to identify and assist students with mental health issues.
  • School supplies or equipment related to school safety or for implementing a school’s safety plan.
  • Any other training related to school safety.

Applications are due by Dec. 13.