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Grassley Supports Use of ESSER Funds for Improving School Security

U.S Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is supporting the Safe Schools Act, legislation that would allow unused COVID relief dollars allocated to schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to be used by schools to improve safety and security. 

Grassley says utilizing those unused COVID dollars could help prevent tragedies like the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, through security measures such as installing locks, panic buttons, individual room security systems and video surveillance or hiring and paying the salaries of armed school resource officers.

Grassley noted that the recent allocation by Governor Kim Reynolds of $100 million in state COVID money for various school safety measures in Iowa could make his legislation unnecessary, but time will tell.

While many schools have secured entrances, the company studying the possible remodeling and/or reconfiguration of Charles City High School noted that the building does not have a secured entrance.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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