Grand only district in state to receive federal grant for safety training

Grand County School District has been awarded federal funding through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community-Oriented Policing Services and the School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP), to improve school safety measures. The competitive grant funding will provide GCSD with roughly $114,000, according to a press release from the district.

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HMK Elementary and other Grand County schools will benefit from a public safety grant. Photo courtesy of HMK Elementary

GCSD was the only entity in Utah to receive the award.

The SVPP award includes funding for coordination with law enforcement, video surveillance advancements, and technology to enable and increase communication among school staff, law enforcement and first responders. The majority of GCSD’s award money will go to video surveillance equipment and communication technology. Funding will also support local law enforcement training related to school safety.

Last year, GCSD, in partnership with local law enforcement, fire and EMS, conducted multiple school safety trainings, including a reunification drill.

Through these school safety-planning efforts, areas of need and improvement regarding school safety were identified. Being able to articulate technology and safety needs was a crucial component in receiving the award, district officials said. To implement the school safety improvements, the school district, law enforcement and first responders will continue to conduct drills to ensure the ultimate goal of safety and well-being for students and staff.

For additional information about the district’s school safety efforts, contact Mallory Nassau at [email protected] or 435-719-4765.