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In the wake of the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama called for a comprehensive plan to help solve America’s problem with gun violence. We’re not here to get into the politics of the new legislation going through Congress right now, but one piece of legislation that could affect architects, contractors, school administrators, or school safety liaisons passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. That piece of legislation is The School Safety Enhancements Act of 2013 (S.146) sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D – California) and Sen. Susan Collins (R – Maine).
If this legislation passes through Congress, $40 million of grant money will be available annually for schools to use for security enhancements within their school districts. If schools apply for the grant and get approved, the money they receive from the government can be used to assess the security needs of the school and potentially retrofit the entryways with bulletproof glass.
Based on the Judiciary Committee vote, it’s very probable S.146 will pass through Congress. Our Legislative Branch is approaching the issue of school safety (and ultimately child safety) from a very bipartisan angle. Even one of the more conservative Republicans in the Senate, Senator Ted Cruz (R – Texas) voted for it. His spokeswoman told The Huffington Post, “To the extent our government spends billions on entitlement programs, clean energy projects, foreign aid and so forth, one place it actually makes sense to focus federal tax dollars is school safety.”
So, if in fact S.146 does pass through both branches of Congress, schools (who have historically been plagued by budget issues) may soon be reaching out to you for assistance in assessing their need for bullet resistant barriers. Now is the time to make sure you’re knowledgeable about how schools could benefit from these systems. If you’re not familiar with how to approach a school security project, or if you just need a refresher, Total Security Solutions has created a School Safety Resource Center where you can get the latest information and tips to educate yourself and to make sure you approach these projects the right way if this grant money is approved.
Of course, you can always contact us for guidance – we’re happy to answer your questions and help you develop a custom solution that meets your school security needs.
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