Parents want to know their child will be safe and secure in school. I recently supported $18.65 million in immediate funding for school safety.
Senate Bill 601 offers $15 million for competitive grants for schools that need to make safety improvements and purchase technology and equipment.
Another $3 million in funding provides for a school safety communications system. The statewide instant notification app would be available to all Michigan schools to allow faster coordinated response time and ensure greater management of an on-going incident for all on-site staff and first responders.
The bill also includes an additional $650,000 to increase awareness of the OK2SAY program and add staff. This Michigan school safety program encourages students, school employees and others to confidentially “say something if you see something.”
The legislation has been referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.