Two School Districts Get Federal Grant Money

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The Rockford School District has been awarded nearly half a million dollars in grant money to help it enhance its emergency response and crisis management plans, the U.S. Secretary of Education announced today.
The Rockford District is one of 74 school districts in 26 states to receive an award under the Emergency Response and Crisis Management grant program. Funds can be used to train school personnel and students in crisis response; communicate emergency response and procedures to parents and guardians; coordinate with local emergency responders,purchase equipment; and coordinate with groups and organizations responsible for recovery issues, such as health and mental health agencies. This year, school districts must also commit to developing a written plan designed to prepare for a possible infectious disease outbreak, such as influenza pandemicThe Meridian School District received nearly 1-hundred thousand dollars in grant money as well.