$1.7 million granted for Oklahoma school safety & mental health – KOCO Oklahoma City

Oklahoma schools could become a safer place for your children. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced Thursday more than $1.7 million in federal grants is coming to schools across the state. The money will go toward strengthening security and mental health initiatives.“For students to learn, they must first feel safe,” Hofmeister said in a press release. “These grants will support violence prevention efforts in our schools. By working to keep schools safe, we are giving kids the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential in a positive learning environment.” The U.S. Department of Justice awarded Oklahoma State Department of Education $996,855 over the next three years to create and train a state Crisis Team. The team will consist of two new state-level positions – a licensed school counselor and a school psychologist – plus a Strike Team of 20 existing OSDE employees. The Crisis Team will be deployed during school emergencies and provide guidance to schools on identifying students who may need additional behavioral health supports or mental health interventions.In a second grant, OSDE received $498,915 to hire a full-time anti-bullying program specialist to implement school-based prevention and intervention strategies and support Oklahoma parents whose children have been victims of bullying. The grant will also fund a regional representative to assist school districts in completing a risk and vulnerability assessment.The DOJ also awarded OSDE with $250,000 over the next three years to implement a mobile phone app that will allow for real-time anonymous reporting of violence and threats. This app will work in conjunction with the Oklahoma Fusion Center’s telephone tip line, which has received a low volume of calls since 2014 and none from students. The new phone app will allow for anonymous, two-way communication, images and video to be sent 24 hours a day.

Oklahoma schools could become a safer place for your children. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced Thursday more than $1.7 million in federal grants is coming to schools across the state. The money will go toward strengthening security and mental health initiatives.

“For students to learn, they must first feel safe,” Hofmeister said in a press release. “These grants will support violence prevention efforts in our schools. By working to keep schools safe, we are giving kids the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential in a positive learning environment.”

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The U.S. Department of Justice awarded Oklahoma State Department of Education $996,855 over the next three years to create and train a state Crisis Team.

The team will consist of two new state-level positions – a licensed school counselor and a school psychologist – plus a Strike Team of 20 existing OSDE employees. The Crisis Team will be deployed during school emergencies and provide guidance to schools on identifying students who may need additional behavioral health supports or mental health interventions.

In a second grant, OSDE received $498,915 to hire a full-time anti-bullying program specialist to implement school-based prevention and intervention strategies and support Oklahoma parents whose children have been victims of bullying. The grant will also fund a regional representative to assist school districts in completing a risk and vulnerability assessment.

The DOJ also awarded OSDE with $250,000 over the next three years to implement a mobile phone app that will allow for real-time anonymous reporting of violence and threats. This app will work in conjunction with the Oklahoma Fusion Center’s telephone tip line, which has received a low volume of calls since 2014 and none from students. The new phone app will allow for anonymous, two-way communication, images and video to be sent 24 hours a day.

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