Methacton Awarded More Than $220,000 in School Safety Grants
On February 26, 2020, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee announced that it has approved $53.7 Million Dollars in school safety grants to 524 school entities across the Commonwealth, and $7.5 million in community violence prevention/reduction grants to 30 organizations. Of that total award, Methacton School District was approved to receive $221,370 to support seven categories/activities listed under Section 1306-B of the Public School Code of 1949. The categories/activities are as follows: 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, and 21.
(12) Security planning and purchase of security-related technology, which may include metal detectors, protective lighting, specialty trained canines, surveillance equipment, special emergency communications equipment, automated external defibrillators, electronic locksets, deadbolts, trauma kits and theft control devices and training in the use of security-related technology. Security planning and purchase of security-related technology shall be based on safety needs identified by the school entity's board of school directors.
(14) Provision of specialized staff and student training programs, including training for Student Assistance Program team members in the referral of students at risk of violent behavior to appropriate community-based services and behavioral health services and training related to prevention and early intervention.
(15) Counseling services for students.
(17) Staff training programs in the use of positive behavior supports, de-escalation techniques and appropriate responses to student behavior that may require immediate intervention.
(19) Costs associated with the training and compensation of certified guidance counselors, licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, licensed clinical social workers and school psychologists.
(20) Administration of evidence-based screenings for adverse childhood experiences that are proven to be determinants of physical, social and behavioral health and provide trauma-informed counseling services as necessary to students based upon the screening results.
(21) Trauma-informed approaches to education, including:
(i) Increasing student and school employee access to quality trauma support services and behavioral health care, including the following:
(A) Hiring or contracting with certified guidance counselors, licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, licensed clinical social workers, school psychologists and other professional health personnel to provide services to students and school employees.
(B) Developing collaborative efforts between the school entity and behavioral health professionals to identify students in need of trauma support and to provide prevention, screening, referral and treatment services to students potentially in need of services.
(ii) Programs providing:
(A) Trauma-informed approaches to education in the curriculum, including training of school employees, school directors and behavioral health professionals to develop safe, stable and nurturing learning environments that prevent and mitigate the effects of trauma.
(B) Services for children and their families, as appropriate, who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing trauma, including those who are low-income, homeless, involved in the child welfare system or involved in the juvenile justice system.