The 2021 Wisconsin Act 109 is an amendment to the 2017 Wisconsin Act 143, which required every school district and private school governing body to submit school blueprints to their local law enforcement agencies for emergency response purposes. This amendment enacted a Digital Mapping of School Buildings grant program to award funding to schools for the development of digital critical incident mapping data beyond blueprints as a component of their emergency response safety plan.
The project period for funding is July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024.
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2021 Wisconsin Act 109 – Digital Mapping of School Buildings 2022-2023 Grant Program Parameters
Critical incident digital mapping data from StrataSite meets and exceeds criteria as defined by 2021 Wisconsin Act 109 and Digital Mapping of School Buildings 2022-2023 grant program funding, for the digitized mapping of a school building and school grounds to best assist first responders in rapidly responding to emergencies. The act states:
118.07 (4) (cf) Upon the creation of a school safety plan under par. (a) and upon each review of a school safety plan under par. (d), a school board shall submit a copy of the most recent blueprints or critical incident mapping data for each school building and facility in the school district to each local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over any portion of the school district and to the office of school safety. Upon the creation of a school safety plan under par. (a) and upon each review of a safety plan under par. (d), a governing body of a private school shall submit a copy of the most recent blueprints or critical incident mapping data for the private school and all of its facilities to each local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the private school and to the office of school safety.
Section 3. 165.28 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
165.28 (2) Coordinate with schools under s. 118.07 (4) (cf) and the department of administration to compile blueprints or critical incident mapping data for all schools. The office shall keep all blueprints and critical incident mapping data confidential unless a law enforcement agency requests access.
Section 4. 165.88 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
165.88 (3) (b) Blueprints or critical incident mapping data for each school building and facility or, if blueprints or the data were already submitted, a certification that the items submitted are current.
Section 5. 165.88 (3m) of the statutes is created to read:
165.88 (3m) Grants to schools for critical incident mapping data. (a) From the appropriation under s. 20.455 (2) (f), the department of justice shall award grants to school boards and governing bodies of private schools to assist them in complying with the requirement under s. 118.07 (4) (cf) to submit critical incident mapping data to law enforcement agencies and the office of school safety.
(b) The department shall accept applications for the grants under this subsection from school district administrators, or governing bodies of private schools, that are working jointly with local law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction over the school.
(c) Grant moneys awarded under this subsection must be used for site-specific critical incident mapping data to enhance security and increase situational awareness for first responders. Any mapping data created with grant money under this subsection shall be compatible with platforms and applications used by local, state, and federal public safety officials; may not require local, state, or federal public safety officials, school districts, or private schools to purchase additional software; and shall include information that can best assist first responders in an emergency, such as building numbers, floors, suite designations, room numbers, or other available relevant location information.
Additional School Safety and Security Funding Opportunities
Stronger Connections Grant
Wisconsin was awarded $12,500,000 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.