Here is an overview of the most common grants:
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – Formula Grant: These grants guarantee special education and related services for students who meet the criteria for eligibility in a number of distinct categories of disability. Funds can be used for acquiring appropriate equipment, constructing new facilities or altering present buildings. Among the security products that fall under this act are door exits, door openers, door controls or any other security item of an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) nature.
Impact Aid – Formula Grant: The Impact Aid grants provide financial assistance to local school districts where enrollments or the availability of revenue are adversely affected by federal activities, such as where the tax base of a district is reduced through the federal acquisition of real property, where there are a significant number of children who reside on federal (including Indian) lands and/or children whose parents are employed on federal property or in the Uniformed Services, or where there is a sudden increase in school enrollment as the result of federal activities. Most Impact Aid funds are considered general aid so that school districts may use the funds in whatever manner they choose in accordance with state and local requirements.
Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFS) Grants – Formula Grant:
These grants support programs to prevent violence in and around schools to foster a safe and drug-free learning environment for academic achievement. Local school systems may use up to 20 percent of their allocation for acquiring and installing electronic locks, metal detectors, surveillance cameras or other related technology and equipment.
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Secure Our School Grants – Competitive Grant: The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Secure Our Schools (SOS) program encourages partnerships between law enforcement agencies and school districts to improve school security and safety. These grants were created to improve security at schools and on school grounds. Funds can be used for locks, metal detectors, lighting and other crime prevention tools.
Fire Prevention and Safety Grants (FP&S) – Competitive Grant: FP&S grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. Funds can be used to purchase equipment, enhance emergency medical services programs and conduct fire prevention and safety programs.
What Schools Can Buy
To determine what types of products can be purchased through the various grants, let’s establish four levels of security:
- Level One: Functional and compliant mechanical access control
- Level Two: Stand-alone electronic access control and key management
- Level Three: Networked access control, accountability and credential management
- Level Four: Campus integration
With IDEA grants, a district can purchase equipment in Levels One, Two and Three. With SD&S, COPS, FPS and Impact Aid, districts can select any type of security equipment or systems they need.
Our industry plays a key role in keeping our schools safe and secure. It is up to each and every one of us to make sure we are taking advantage of all the knowledge and resources available. Check your manufacturer’s website as the starting point on your quest for such information.
These locks protect classrooms because the teacher is able to lock the exterior trim without leaving the interior of the classroom.
With this networked security system, school principals can lock every door immediately in case of emergency, using a master switch in the school office.