By Bob Katzen
Governor Baker announced plans to soon file a $40 million package to fund investments in school safety initiatives to support programming, training and resources for schools and districts across the state.
“As children return full-time to the classroom this fall, we want parents and educators to know that our administration is always working to improve and build on all the resources available to districts to make their schools as secure as possible,” said Baker. “Our administration has and will continue to provide critical resources for students, staff, families and first responders while making significant investments in training for first responders and school staff so they can protect Massachusetts schools.”
“Children, teachers and staff deserve to feel safe in the classroom, and our administration’s funding proposal will invest in the resources and programming required to equip school communities and emergency personnel with the tools they need to keep schools safe,” said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. “We look forward to working with our colleagues in the Legislature to provide critical funding for districts across the commonwealth.”
The proposal will include security and communications upgrades in K-12 schools and colleges; an anonymous “tip line” to report potential threats; a statewide “Say Something” public awareness campaign and corresponding training; emergency response training for school officials; and creation of a comprehensive school safety website.