Florida House Bill No. 301 creates in the Department of Education (DOE) the School Mapping Data Grant Program to provide standard emergency response mapping data for public school buildings, in order to assist local first responders in responding to emergencies in public schools.
Each school district, in consultation with local law enforcement and public safety agencies, may apply to receive funds from the grant program to provide school mapping for the school district, including charter schools.
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Florida House Bill No. 301 – School Mapping Data Grant Program Parameters
School emergency response mapping data with StrataSite meets and exceeds funding criteria for the School Mapping Data Grant Program for public school buildings, as defined by HB301, to assist local first responders in responding to emergencies in public schools. Requirements for grant funding are as follows:
Each school district, in consultation with local law enforcement and public safety agencies, may apply to receive funds from the program to provide school mapping data for each public school, including charter schools, in the district. The school district shall use the funds to satisfy all or some of the requirements of this section, which may include procuring a vendor to provide such data. The entity producing the data is responsible for providing the data to the school district and local law enforcement and public safety agencies for use in response to emergencies and for conducting drills required under s. 1006.07(4).
- School mapping data must be provided in an electronic or a digital format to assist first responders in responding to emergencies at schools.
- The school mapping data provided must:
- Be compatible with software platforms used by local, state, and federal public safety agencies that provide emergency services to the specific school for which the data is provided without requiring such agencies to purchase additional software or requiring a fee to view or access the data.
- Be compatible with security software platforms in use by the specific school for which the data is provided without requiring the local law enforcement agencies or school districts to purchase additional software or requiring a fee to view or access the data.
- Be in a printable format and, if requested in addition to paragraph (a), be in a digital file format that can be integrated into interactive mobile platforms in use.
- Be verified for accuracy by a walk-through of school buildings and grounds.
- Be oriented true north.
- Be overlaid on current aerial imagery.
- Contain site-specific labeling that matches the structure of school buildings, including room labels, hallway names, and external door or stairwell numbers and locations of hazards, critical utility locations, key boxes, automated external defibrillators, and trauma kits.
- Contain site-specific labeling that matches the school grounds, including parking areas, athletic fields, surrounding roads, and neighboring properties.
- Be overlaid with gridded x and y coordinates.
Additional School Safety and Security Funding Opportunities
Stronger Connections Grant
Florida was awarded $53,737,824.00 for the Stronger Connections Grant Program (SCG), a program of the Bipartisan Safety Communities Act (BSC) which provides historic funding to support schools in establishing safe learning environments.
BJA STOP School Violence Program
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) STOP School Violence Program provides funding for initiatives to prevent violence in a K-12 school setting, to further the DOJ’s mission by supporting and assisting county, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions in improving efforts to reduce violent crime in and around schools.
COPS School Violence Prevention Program
The COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) provides funding directly to states, units of local government, Indian tribes, and their public agencies to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the recipient’s jurisdiction through evidence-based school safety programs and technology for coordinated emergency response.