Daley announces school safety funding grant for Colonial School District

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley announced this week that Colonial School District, which includes Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, Central Montco Technical High School, Colonial Middle School and five elementary schools, will benefit from a funding grant to improve school safety.

Operating under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the School Safety and Security Committee awarded Colonial School District a total of $73,775, which is included in the 2018-19 budget. The funds will go toward trauma-informed approaches to education, including trauma support services and behavioral health care.

That means hiring or contracting certified guidance counselors, licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, school psychologists and other professional health personnel; developing collaborative efforts between the schools and behavioral health professionals to identify students in need of trauma support; providing trauma-informed approaches to education in the curriculum; and providing services for children and their families, as appropriate, who have experienced trauma or are at greater risk of experiencing trauma.

“It’s incredibly unfortunate these steps are necessary in today’s climate, but there’s no denying the value of these steps,” Daley said. “The safety and security of our children in their schools is of utmost importance, and I’m thankful to the SSSC for their investment in Colonial School District.”

Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 44 of 2018 into law last year, creating the School Safety and Security Committee.

More information on the grants is available here.