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GCS Receives $500,000 Grant for Safety Enhancements


Oct. 10, 2019 – A $500,000 grant will allow GCS to better communicate with law enforcement agencies and share important information within the district in the event of an emergency.

The district will receive the federal funds over a two-year award period through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).

The grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, will purchase software for district and personal devices to expedite panic and alert notifications within the district and with law enforcement agencies in the event of emergencies. The software will be available for use on both district and personal devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets and phones.

“This grant will allow us to better share information, both with our emergency responders and with the students and staff in our schools and buildings,” says Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras, PhD. “I am grateful to the law enforcement agencies and the elected officials who helped us secure this grant request so we may better protect students and families.”

Grant funds also will be used to fund training related to the use of the alert software and support training and implementation for the district’s social emotional learning initiative, which seeks to improve relationships among staff, students, families and the community. Research has shown transformational relationships can increase attendance, decrease disciplinary incidents and bullying, improve academic achievement and create a social climate that is more positive and respectful.   

The district expects to begin implementing the software in the 2020-2021 school year.