Indiana House Bill No. 1492 - School Safety makes changes to the permissible uses of funds from the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Fund to allow more school safety costs to be covered under the program, to include critical incident digital mapping and active threat planning.
Indiana Code 10-21-1-5(c) requires that each school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school shall certify to the Department of Homeland Security that the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school has conducted a site vulnerability assessment for each school building used by the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school before applying for a grant under this chapter.
All funding has been awarded for FY23-24.
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Indiana House Bill No. 1492 – Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Fund Parameters
Critical incident digital mapping with StrataSite meets and exceeds funding criteria as defined by the bill, for the digitized mapping of a school building and school grounds to best assist first responders in an emergency that must:
- include accurate floor plans overlaid on or current aerial imagery of a school building or school plan with surrounding school grounds;
- include site-specific labeling that matches:
- the structure of the school building, including room labels, hallway names, room numbers, external doors, interior doors, stairwell numbers, locations of hazardous materials, key utility locations, key boxes, automated external defibrillators, and trauma kits; and
- the school grounds, including parking areas, athletic fields, surrounding roads, and neighboring properties;
- be compatible with platforms and applications used by local, state, and federal public safety agencies;
be verified for accuracy through a walk- through of a school building and school grounds;
- not require the purchase of additional software for use;
- be accessible in a printable format;
- be shared with:
- the law enforcement agency and fire department that have jurisdiction over the mapped school building; and
- the statewide 911 system as described in IC 36-8-16.7-22 through the public safety answer point, or "PSAP", described in IC 36-8-16.7-20 that has jurisdiction over the mapped school building; and
- be kept confidential and withheld from public disclosure.
Additional School Safety and Security Funding Opportunities
Stronger Connections Grant
Indiana was awarded $11,776,526 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.