Conn. Schools Boosting Security Since Sandy Hook

The Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety Act has helped schools spend millions of dollars in security upgrades.

A school security grant program in Connecticut has provided about $43 million to schools for security upgrades since it was signed by the governor in 2013.

The program, which was started after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School as part of the Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety Act, has helped many schools update address systems, improve access control and increase surveillance capabilities, among other things.

The money comes from various sources, including state funds and private fundraising at the local levels, according to The Norwich Bulletin.

The upgrades parallel a growing trend nationwide to bolster school security, and parents in Connecticut have expressed support for the program.

The upgrades include a revamped visitor management system at Griswold Public Schools, additional surveillance cameras at Norwich Public Schools and a new two-way radio system for Killingly Public Schools.

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