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Janesville, WI: Grant $$$ to go for school security, student screening, trauma ed for teachers

July 24, 2018, Janesville (WI) Gazette: Elkhorn, Whitewater among latest school safety grant recipients Of the nearly $5 million distributed Tuesday, the state Department of Justice awarded the Elkhorn Area School District $138,994 and the Whitewater Unified School District $100,063, according to a news release. Elkhorn plans to use its grant money on shatter-proof film for school entrances, a new screening system for visitors, an emergency alert system and trauma-informed training for staff…. The WAVE system functions like a fire alarm, alerting the school over the PA system about an ongoing threat, Superintendent Jason Tadlock said. There are buttons throughout the school and with some staff members that immediately alert local law enforcement about an active school shooter or violent event. … The Department of Justice said in the release there will be a “second round” of funding distributed in October that will address student mental health, create local School Safety Intervention teams and add more physical security upgrades. … In other grant news, Whitewater learned Tuesday that the Jefferson County Mental Health Consortium it is a part of received $75,000 for a mental health services grant from the state Department of Public Instruction. Whitewater is one of seven school districts in the consortium. The grant money will go toward mental health screening, staff training for social emotional learning and parent/community outreach to support mental health needs, according to a Whitewater news release.

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