Also new to this school year will be a requirement from the state for each school district to hold more crisis drills.
The exercises will be used to better prepare schools for intruder situations and both medical and police responses.
“The job really is to keep kids safe,” said Delaware Ridge principal Clark McCracken. “It’s to provide a learning environment where they can be the most successful. Right now, the number one part of that is school safety.”
Brungardt said the crisis drills, which will now be mandated and documented by the state, could help save lives.
“I believe all school districts were doing it. I think by mandating it, it provides more safety and security to the state,” he explained. “It’s kind of like a fire drill. We’ll continue the fire drills but by mandating it, you know it’s happening.”
Students will return to Delaware Ridge Elementary School on Thursday.
Moving forward, school districts that received the grant money will be able to use the funding for new doors, windows, cameras, intercoms, metal detectors, and other security enhancements.