Aug. 16, 2019

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The Weekly Roundup
 The latest news from the State Capitol
Making PA Schools Safer

Recognizing the importance of maintaining safe learning environments in schools, the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of investing an additional $60 million in the School Safety and Security Block Grant program. Public school districts that apply will receive between $30,000 to $45,000, based on average daily attendance.

Now in its second year, the program provides flexible funding that schools may use for a variety of security-related initiatives, ranging from the hiring of school police officers to safety equipment upgrades.

New to the program is a requirement that districts create at least one threat assessment team to identify students in distress before their behavior escalates to a level that raises safety concerns.
School Threat Reporting System Gets Results

An anonymous reporting system designed to give students, teachers, parents and community members the ability to anonymously report potential threats and other problems has collected nearly 23,500 tips in its first six months of operation, according to a report from the Office of Attorney General.

Among the most common issues reported to the Safe2Say Something system included bullying/cyber bullying; cutting/self-harm; suicide/suicide ideation; depression/anxiety; and drug use/distribution/possession.

To report a possible dangerous or violent situation, individuals can call the state tip line at 844-723-2729. Tips can also be reported to or through the Safe2Say app on iPhone and Android devices.
School Bus Safety Reminders

School bells will be ringing soon for students in the 131st Legislative District as the fall semester gets underway. Classes start on Monday, Aug. 26, in East Penn, Saucon Valley, Southern Lehigh and Salisbury Township; and on Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Upper Perkiomen.

Motorists are reminded to share the road safely with school buses and other school transportation vehicles, and to be alert near bus stops.

Pennsylvania law requires motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn. Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record and a 60-day license suspension. Learn more here.
Wildfire Grant Awarded

Pennsburg Fire Company #1 in Montgomery County has been awarded a wildfire fighting grant of $1,912 from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Grants were awarded to 132 fire departments statewide in rural areas were wildfires are commonplace to be used for training and equipment purchases.
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