February 2022 School Safety Community Bulletin: Events, Opportunities, and Resources

School Safety Events and Opportunities

February 2022

Latest News

Celebrating the Two-Year Anniversary of SchoolSafety.gov
February marks the second anniversary of SchoolSafety.gov, a one-stop access point to school safety resources from across the Federal government. Originally launched in 2020, the site has grown to offer more than 450 resources on a range of timely and critical school safety topics; a dynamic calendar of events; and several unique and innovative tools designed to support and empower schools in improving safety and security.

New Grants Finder Tool on SchoolSafety.gov
The recently launched Grants Finder Tool on SchoolSafety.gov houses school safety-related grants in one centralized location, providing K-12 school personnel with a variety of ways to search for and access grant opportunities from across the Federal government. Access the new tool to find applicable funding opportunities to help keep your school community safe.

Bombing Prevention Resources for School Communities
CISA’s Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) works to enhance and coordinate the national effort to protect communities against attacks. Please stay involved:
visit OBP, check out its new video that highlights a vast array of resources to help you respond to bomb threats, or take one of its free, online trainings to enhance your security.

Funding Tips: New Sign-in Credentials for Grants.gov
Beginning February 21, 2022, all non-federal Grants.gov users will be required to use Login.gov credentials to sign in to Grants.gov. Login.gov allows users to access multiple government websites, including Grants.gov, with a single username and password. This change to the Grants.gov sign-in process improves user security and complies with Executive Order 14028, Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. Prepare for this new login process and link your Grants.gov account to Login.gov by following this simple process.

Department of Education, National Comprehensive Center Release Tool to Support Effective Use of American Rescue Plan Funds
The U.S. Department of Education and its technical assistance partner the National Comprehensive Center recently released the new ARP Partnership, Assistance, Transformation, and Heightened Support (ARP PATHS) tool to help states share their progress deploying the $122 billion American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds. These funds support safe in-person instruction, address the effects of lost instructional time due to COVID-19, and meet the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of students.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Grants and Funding Opportunities

American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (Application Deadline: Ongoing)

Project to Support America’s Families and Educators (Project SAFE) (Application Deadline: Ongoing)

School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) (Application Deadline: Ongoing)

Visit the SchoolSafety.gov Grants Finder Tool for additional school safety-related funding opportunities.

Events, Webinars, and Conferences

Helping Youth Navigate Dangers in the Digital Age (Feb. 17, 2022) – As part of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Preventing Youth Hate Crimes & Identity-Based Bullying Initiative Webinar Series, this webinar will inform attendees on how to help youth mitigate online dangers and build resiliency, as well as provide various tools and resources to identify misinformation.

Resources for School-Based Behavioral Health Professionals During COVID-19 (Feb.18 & 25, 2022) – This virtual training series hosted by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network will focus on working with youth, parents, and other professionals during a global pandemic. The series will highlight mental health in uncertain times, thinking outside the box to support people virtually and in-person, and resource development for providers.

Cybersecurity Online Workshop 301: Cybersecurity on a Shoestring Budget (Feb. 22-24, 2022) – This virtual event hosted by the Consortium for School Networking is designed to help resource-constrained school districts identify and implement the most cost-effective approaches to building out a district cybersecurity program.

Online Safety Guidance and Resources for K-12 Schools (Feb. 24, 2022) – This informational webinar hosted by the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse will feature guest speakers from the Homeland Security Investigations Cyber Crimes Center and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Presenters will provide an overview of how to make the internet a safer place for students and protect children from crimes of victimization.

Understanding the Role of Families and Parents in Supporting School Safety Before, During, and After an Emergency (Feb. 28. 2022) – This webinar from the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center will highlight the role of parents and families in supporting school safety efforts at the local and state levels.

A Systemic Approach to Support Black Student Mental Health (Feb. 28, 2022) – Join the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Black Americans for the AfAmEd Connector Virtual Roundtable titled “Opening the Social Emotional Safety Net: SEL Practices for the Black School Community.” The roundtable will feature experts from the field that will discuss culturally competent best social emotional learning practices to support Black students, teachers, and families.

School Mental Health Virtual Learning Series: Best Practices for School Mental Health (March 2, 2022) – Central East MHTTC in collaboration with the National Center for School Mental Health will offer a school mental health webinar series with a focus on advancing high quality, sustainable school mental health from a multi-tiered system of support, trauma sensitive, and culturally responsive and equitable lens.

Visit the SchoolSafety.gov Events Page for additional school safety-related webinars, conferences, and more.

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New School Safety Resources

Communication Toolkit for Schools: School Testing for COVID-19
This toolkit includes materials that school administrators can use to help promote regular COVID-19 testing programs and encourage participation among parents, students, and school staff.

Online Safety Resources for K-12 Schools and Students
This one-pager offers a variety of resources K-12 school communities and students can use to stay safe online.

Visit SchoolSafety.gov for additional resources to support school safety and security efforts.

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