The School District of Poynette was recently awarded $82,665 by the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grant program. As part of a competitive grant process to pay for school safety improvements, the District partnered with local law enforcement agencies to review safety policies at the schools. Among the improvements made:

Professional Development in student mental health

Improvements to communication systems

Safety upgrades to exterior glass on or next to entrances

Upgrades to classroom door locks

Improvements to District Camera Systems

In order to further advance the District’s capacity to address student mental health, staff will also participate in professional development focused on the impact of adverse childhood experiences and trauma sensitive schools. The Department of Public Instruction describes trauma informed care as an approach to prevent and mitigate the impacts of traumatic exposure on our youth.

“School safety is one of our top priorities and we are grateful for the additional funds,” said Poynette Director of Student Services David Fischer. “The additional funds provide us with some opportunities to address some needs that we haven’t been able to address given budget restrictions.”

“The grant will make our job easier knowing that the additional safety measures are being put in place in order to keep students and staff safe,” said Poynette Police Chief Eric Fisher. “Without this grant opportunity, our school would be more vulnerable to an outside threat.”

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