In K-12 schools across the country, educators, administrators, and parents seek comprehensive solutions to ensure student and staff safety. While tragic events such as school shootings are relatively rare–although still far too frequent–K-12 institutions face numerous everyday challenges and “minor” emergencies that require immediate and coordinated responses from multiple teams, namely school security personnel and public safety officers.
Choosing from the wide variety of school safety and security solutions can be a daunting task for school districts. Budgetary constraints, technology implementation, and staff training are just a few of the issues that confront decision makers in K-12 education. Thankfully, Mobile Communications America has decades of experience collaborating with school districts of all sizes and different budgets.
Ensuring a safe and efficient work environment is, now more than ever, a top priority. Mobile Communications America is here to provide campuses critical solutions. Whether in need of temporary or long-term solutions, MCA can provide immediate deployment with no hassle, turn-key solutions that will fit your unique needs.
Creating a safer, secure environment continues to be a top concern, yet only 42% meet requirements.
Responders use more than one mode, but two-way radio continues to be the primary form of communication.
Almost 3/4 of schools expressed the need for additional two-way radios.
Insufficient funding was the leading challenge to cover communication needs; ~1/4 primarily rely on grants.
In March, the U.S. Department of Education announced $122 billion in funds available to schools across the country through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) fund.
Although the funds have been appropriated, much of it still needs to be spent strategically.
These grants from The American Rescue Plan can be used for the following MCA Education Solutions:
Even though much of the money has been approved, K-12 schools states must still submit reports and plans on how they intend to deploy the money from the ESSER II and GEER II funds. MCA wants to help you find safety and security solutions appropriate to your school district.
Additionally, billions more will become available with ESSER III funds.
Click on your state below to learn more about ESSER grants and subgrants.
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund – State Education Agencies (SEAs) can apply and must allocate 90% as subgrants to Local Education Agencies (LEAs), including school districts and charter schools.
Governon’r Emergency Relief (GEER) Fund – Governors can apply and make subgrants to most the significantly impacted LEAs and IHEs in their state.
Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund – Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) can apply for this grant.