Liberty receives grant to support school safety

The Liberty Central School District is proud to receive a grant award from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The five-year, $89,748 grant under the U.S. Justice Department’s STOP School Violence and Mental Health Training Program was one of few given to New York districts.

The district plans on using the grant funds to provide Stop the Bleed training for all staff during the Feb. 15 Superintendent’s Conference Day. Stop the Bleed, a popular national initiative that started after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, teaches nurses, teachers and staff how to provide potentially life-saving medical aid to injured students or co-workers while awaiting the arrival of professional responders.

Funding from the grant will also go toward social-emotional training for district teachers, staff and school resource officers. The training, which has not been scheduled yet, will be aimed at mental health intervention and how to identify and reach students in need of extra social or emotional support.

The district has until the year 2021 to make use of the full amount of grant funding. More information about the grant funding will be shared with the district community as it becomes available.

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