Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1 is the recipient of $191,000 in grant funding to install new emergency response systems throughout the district. The funds, in conjunction with local dollars, will be used to implement four phases of safety and security for students and staff.
Initially the district will perform a vulnerability assessment for each school and district administration center which will be used to update the emergency response plan. The plan will include the use of evolving safety and security technology. Funds will provide professional development for staff, students and community leaders on the updated crisis emergency response plan. The purchase of improved technology will allow for implementation of School Alert software that will allow school administrators to communicate directly with first responders.
“We are grateful for the additional funding to support our strategic plan goal of promoting safe learning environments,” said Superintendent Kathi Weight.
Seven million dollars in grants were awarded by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to school districts. The grants were a result of Senate Bill 5197, passed by the Legislature to encourage school districts to develop new emergency response systems using the latest technology.