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Written by Paget Hetherington
on April 27, 2019

Title IV (Deadline: June 30, 2019)

School Violence Prevention Program (Deadline: May 31, 2019)

When it comes to school safety, educators want the best for their students. However, budgetary restraints can sometimes prevent schools from purchasing the necessary solutions to enhance their safety initiatives. With threats in both the physical and digital worlds putting students in harm’s way, what steps can educators take to implement school safety measures on a tight budget?

Thanks to federal funding initiatives geared toward school safety, there are resources available to schools specifically for safety measures. The groundbreaking Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives each state and district more decision-making power when it comes to what is needed most in their schools and community. This flexibility allows educators to more fluidly address 21st century needs by using Title IV funds for technologies that ensure the safety of students. The authors of this legislation purposely left definitions and uses broad, paving the way for educators to use these funds to support their students’ mental and physical safety. You can download our free whitepaper or view our recent webinar recording to learn more about Title IV funding, which will expire June 30, 2019 for the 2019–20 academic year.

Additionally, schools can apply for School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) funds, which will be accepting applications until May 31, 2019. Available through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), this program consists of $25 million awarded to states, units of local government, tribes, or public agencies to improve school security through evidence-based safety initiatives. Specifically geared toward K-12 schools, SVPP will provide up to 75% funding for technology solutions that quickly notify local law enforcement during an emergency. This is a great option for districts looking for funding to implement Gaggle’s services.

Technology can transform learning and create incredible opportunities, and its use in students’ lives shows no sign of slowing down. However, without strong accountability, technology can open up pathways for students to disrupt safe learning environments. These funds can help schools and districts incorporate technology in the learning process while promoting student safety and keeping their budget in mind.

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