FCPS Receives School Security Equipment Grant from VDOE

December 07, 2020

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has been named a recipient of a state School Security Equipment Grant from the Virginia Department of Education.  FCPS is one of 102 school divisions to receive a grant.

The $104,000 grant will cover enhanced security for Garfield Elementary School and Lake Anne Elementary School. 

The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, voice and video internal communications systems, school bus interior cameras, 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 VDOE and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services — give 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. The program expanded this year to include funding for security equipment for school buses.