Friday, August 20, 2010

Will $100,000s of tax dollars help CVESD improve its reponse to reports of possible disaster? There is reason for doubt

U.S. Department of Education Awards $28.8 Million to School Districts To Improve Readiness and Emergency Response Plans

August 19, 2010

School districts across the country will be able to improve and strengthen their emergency management plans as a result of $28.8 million in grants awarded today by the U.S. Department of Education. The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) discretionary grant program will enable 98 school districts in 28 states to improve plans that address all four phases of emergency management: Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.

“No student should feel unsafe in school,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. “The fact is that no school can be a great school until it is a safe school first, and these grants will support that effort.”

In addition to addressing the four phases of emergency management, plans must commit school districts to coordinate with officials in law enforcement, local government, public safety, public health and mental health; train school officials in emergency management; and provide a method for communicating emergency and reunification procedures to parents and guardians. Projects should support the implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and include plans designed to prepare districts for infectious disease outbreaks and take into consideration districts’ special needs populations.

Funds may be used to coordinate with local emergency responders, including fire, police, and health and public health agencies; conduct drills and exercises; purchase emergency supplies and equipment; and to train staff and students on emergency response procedures.

The grants are housed within the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, which supports efforts to create safe schools, respond to crises, prevent drug and alcohol abuse, ensure the health and well being of students, and teach students good citizenship and character. The office also coordinates the Department’s efforts in these areas with other federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A complete list of the 98 grant awards follows:


Russellville City Schools
Russellville, AL


Paradise Valley Unified School District No. 69
Phoenix, AZ


Antioch Unified School District
Antioch, CA

Chico Unified School District
Chico, CA

Chula Vista Elementary School District
Chula Vista, CA

Coachella Valley Unified School District
Thermal, CA

Desert Sands Unified School District
La Quinta, CA

Fresno Unified School District
Fresno, CA

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
City of Industry, CA

Imperial County Office of Education
El Centro, CA $313,122

Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Bakersfield, CA

Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles, CA $710,053

McKinleyville Union School District
McKinleyville, CA

Merced Union High School District
Atwater, CA
Oceanside Unified School District
Oceanside, CA

Orange Unified School District
Orange, CA

Petaluma School District
Petaluma, CA

Sacramento City Unified School District
Sacramento, CA

Santa Ana Unified School District
Santa Ana, CA

South Bay Union Elementary School District
Eureka, CA

Tustin Unified School District
Tustin, CA $358,476

West Contra Costa Unified School District
Richmond, CA

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