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On June 14, 2022, Gov. Reynolds announced $100 million in school safety funding to support Iowa’s 327 public school districts and 183 nonpublic and independent schools during a press conference with the Department of Public Safety, Department of Education, and the Department Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Initial funding is being made through the use of American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act and Emergency and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. A breakdown of the fund is:

$75M - School Safety Improvement Fund (target hardening/security improvements)  
$7.5M - Vulnerability assessments for all 1,500 K-12 school buildings 
$6M - Digital critical incident mapping technology  
$4.5M - Radios for schools  
$1.5M - Digital applications and software for threat reporting and monitoring 
$5.5M - School Safety Bureau operational funding through 2026 Implementation of Services

The Governor’s School Safety Bureau will provide assistance and tools to identify, report, and assess school-based threats while still embracing local control.

Vulnerability Assessment and School Safety Improvement Fund

Request a Vulnerability Assessment

Vulnerability assessments are available now. Superintendents and head nonpublic school administrators can request an assessment through the School Safety Vulnerability Assessment Survey, located in the Other folder on the main Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA) dashboard.

Each school district and nonpublic school that requests a vulnerability assessment through the CASA survey will be contacted via phone by the State of Iowa's third-party contracted entity, Tetra Tech, to establish communications. Once initial contact has been made, Tetra Tech will work with the point of contact at each district and nonpublic school to schedule their vulnerability assessments.

School Safety Improvement Fund

Up to $50,000 per school building will be made available through the School Safety Improvement Fund for schools to implement recommended safety measure capital improvements identified through the vulnerability assessment.

In addition to completing a vulnerability assessment, superintendents and head nonpublic school administrators must also complete the School Safety Improvement Funding Notice of Interest (NOI) Survey to indicate their interest in applying for these funds. The survey is located in the  “Other” folder on the main CASA dashboard. Superintendents and head nonpublic school administrators must complete this survey before Sept. 1, 2024, to indicate interest in applying for up to $50,000 per school building in School Safety Improvement Grant funds to implement recommended safety capital improvements identified through the vulnerability assessment. Only one response is needed per district/nonpublic school. Districts and nonpublic schools that indicate interest in applying for these funds will be sent application materials. Additional information concerning this grant funding opportunity can be found within the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and associated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

If you have questions or technical difficulties regarding the school safety grant application, contact the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management by email at schoolsafetygrant@iowa.gov.

Emergency Radios for Schools

All Iowa school districts and nonpublic schools can request an emergency radio for each school building by completing the School Safety Radio Order Form. The State of Iowa will purchase the radios, which Motorola and L3-Harris/RACOM are manufacturing, to help ensure that schools have effective, efficient, and secured communication with local and state law enforcement authorities, and other first responders, in the event of a school emergency. 

After completing the School Safety Order Form, the request will be sent to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Purchasing for processing. It will take around 8 to 12 weeks for the radio to be built by the manufacturer. When your School Safety Radio arrives at the manufacturer’s Iowa vendor, the identified Iowa School Point of Contact listed on the order form will receive an email notification and contact information for the vendor. The school is responsible for contacting the vendor to develop their radio programming and coordinate training and installation.  Any fees incurred after the radio arrives at the vendor will be the school's responsibility. Additional information regarding this opportunity can be found on the School Safety Radio Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.

Any school wishing to participate in this program must complete the electronic application/order form and be received by the Department of Public Safety no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 21, 2022.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 03, 2022 at 9:04am.