2019 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1700 (Committee Approved)

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School Safety App Pilot Program

Item 395 #3h

Item 395 #3h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Public Safety and Homeland Security
Department of Criminal Justice Services FY2019 $0 FY2020 $300,000 GF

Page 427, line 52, strike "$109,826,612" and insert "$110,126,612".

Page 431, after line 39, insert:

"L.1. Out of the amounts appropriated for this item, $300,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to establish a two-year pilot program in three Virginia school divisions to assess the effectiveness of a mobile school safety communications platform. The Department of Criminal Justice Services shall administer the pilot program and distribute grants in the amount of $100,000 to each participating school division. Pilot programs shall be established at, and funds disbursed to, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Pulaski County Public Schools, and Newport News Public Schools.

2. Each participating school division shall notify the Department no later than September 1, 2019, of their intention to enter into a contract with a mobile school safety communications platform provider. The Department shall develop a list of items to be reviewed and evaluated by the school divisions using the mobile school safety communications platform, and shall prescribe a standardized report format for reporting data from the proposed platform to the Department in order to ensure that it meets the intended objectives of this program.

3. The Department shall submit findings from the pilot program to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees no later than June 30, 2020, and annually thereafter."


(This amendment provides $300,000 the second year from the general fund for the Department of Criminal Justice services to provide grants to three school divisions for pilot programs assessing the effectiveness of mobile school safety communications platforms. This was a recommendation of the House Select Committee on School Safety.)