The Kewaunee School District was awarded $64,641 in the latest round of state school safety grants announced by the state Department of Justice.

DOJ was awarded $2,200,000 by the U.S. Department of Justice to support school safety efforts in Wisconsin for mental health training, technology reporting, and violence threat assessments. A total of 263 schools and school districts will receive $21,281,933 from the second round of the DOJ School Safety Grant program, which focuses on advanced initiatives to bolster student mental health.

“I am so proud that our school safety work is being nationally recognized through this competitive grant process,” Attorney General Brad Schimel said. “With the addition of these federal dollars, we gain yet another tool to help our students, teachers, staff, and law enforcement prevent violent acts before they occur and improve the safety of our schools.”

The first federal award by the USDOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) provides $1 million to supplement state funding to increase the number of schools that will be provided evidence-based trainings adolescent mental health.

The second grant provides Wisconsin DOJ with $1 million to supplement state funding to increase the number of schools that will be provided training on school violence threat assessment teams, standard response protocols, school safety intervention teams, and standard reunification methods. The grant will also assist in the development, training, and data analysis of standardized violence risk assessment tools. This grant will also support developing reunification software that will help reunite children with guardians after an incident, and assist schools in submitting the schools safety plans, interactive floor plans, and scheduling safety drills. Last, this grant and a second grant from BJA in the amount of $200,000 will be used to create an anonymous tip line application.