Sappey announces $448k grant to support school safety and security

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Reps. Carolyn Comitta and Christina Sappey, both D-Chester, are pleased to announce that two school districts in their legislative districts have been awarded Pennsylvania school safety and security grants totaling $448,450.

The funds are being provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018, and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments.

Grant recipients in Comitta and Sappey’s legislative districts are:

  • Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, receiving $48,400.
  • West Chester Area School District, receiving $400,050.

“These grants serve as an investment benefitting our children’s education and well-being,” Comitta said. “I’m proud to support our schools and students in every way that I can to foster the safest learning environment possible.”

Sappey congratulated the schools for their successful application. “These are competitive grants, so I applaud our schools for doing everything it takes to help students feel safe and secure in their learning environment,” Sappey said. “Kids can’t learn if they don’t feel safe, and these grants go a long way in providing that freedom from worry.”

The lawmakers said it will be the choice of the school districts to determine how exactly the funds will be used. Eligible purposes include, but are not limited to: safety and security assessments, emergency preparedness, violence prevention, intervention training programs, training of school police officers and counseling services for students.

Further information about the grants can be found here: