BWC Making Grants for School-Shooting Safety Improvements
Monday, October 14, 2019 | 490 | 0 | 120 min read
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is getting into the school-shooting safety business.
The BWC announced this week that it has made more than $6 million in grants for school safety and security across the state since July 1. Schools receive up to $40,000 for safety and incident response equipment, in a 3-to-1 match with local school district funding.
BWC CEO Stephanie McCloud acknowledged that school shootings are not a major source of workplace injuries.
“But they are a significant and notable source,” McCloud said in a local news report. "And keeping teachers safe, I think that’s a public concern for all of us. Do we keep our teachers safe, do we keep our workers safe, and then ultimately, keeping children safe.”
The money will be used for:
- Building/grounds/transportation security enhancements, including interior and exterior security doors and mechanisms. These include panic bars or other fire code-compliant locking mechanisms, bulletproof glass, bullet-resistant coating materials and secured keycard systems.
- Incident response equipment, such as equipment bags and backpacks stocked with trauma first-aid supplies; two-way communication devices and software designed to work with emergency responder radio systems; and school-wide panic button systems.
- Other workplace safety improvements.