FCPS Awarded School Security Equipment Grant by Governor Northam

News Release
October 18, 2019

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has been awarded a School Security Equipment Grant for $236,102 from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.  The 2013 Virginia General Assembly established the School Security Equipment Grants program in the aftermath of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.


The grant awarded to FCPS will provide additional security to Crestwood Elementary, Dogwood Elementary, Parklawn Elementary, Riverside Elementary, and Whitman Middle schools. 


The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, voice and video internal communications systems, mass notification systems, visitor identification systems, access control systems, two-way radios, security vestibules, and other security upgrades. The criteria for making the awards — developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services — gives priority to schools most in need of modern security equipment, schools with relatively high numbers of offenses, schools with equipment needs identified by a school security audit, and schools in divisions least able to afford security upgrades. This year — at the recommendation of Governor Northam’s Student Safety Workgroup — additional weight was given to applications from elementary schools.


A local match of 25 percent is required of most divisions. 

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For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.