CASD looking at almost $2 MILLION in state grants to prevent bullying, violence in schools

15 March 2024- Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Dr. Khalid N. Mumin announced that more than $39 million was awarded to 36 school entities in 21 counties to establish safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments in public elementary and secondary schools; and to prevent and respond to acts of bullying, violence, and hate in school communities.

“Students deserve safe and welcoming school environments that allow them to learn, grow, and thrive without fear for their physical safety or mental health, and this funding will enable schools to provide those critical learning environments to their communities,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Khalid N. Mumin. “By prioritizing the wellness of our learners and educators, we can ensure that future generations of Pennsylvanians leave school equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to be happy, productive, engaged citizens.”

The list of awardees can be found on the PDE website.

Chambersburg Area School District is the only awardee in Franklin County, with the district set $1,815,026 in grant funding.

Through the federal Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) Stronger Connections Grant (SCG), high-need local education agencies (LEA) can use funding to promote the social, emotional, physical, and mental well-being of students and staff; address family and community engagement; and promote equitable and inclusive policies and practices.

A high-need LEA is defined as a school district or charter school that received ESEA Title IV, Part A funding in fiscal year 2022 and meets one or more of the following “high-need” criteria: a high rate of poverty, a lack of mental health supports available to students, high rates of violence and/or traumatic incidents in the school or community, and high rates of school exclusion.