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OSS: Numerous grants, trainings, and resources are still available

by | Mar 20, 2024 | Legislative Update Blog, State Issue

The Office of School Safety has shared the following message and resources for school districts. Visit the OSS website for more information on the office and the resources and services it provides to school districts.

It’s Easier Than You Think to Apply for a Digital Mapping Grant!

The Wisconsin Legislature has replenished 2021 Wisconsin Act 109 digital mapping grant funds, with an additional $2.5 million added to this opportunity. With additional funding, OSS continues to seek applications from Wisconsin public, private, charter, and tribal schools interested in obtaining digital mapping data. The grant announcement is available here: School Safety Grants.

Intimidated by grants? Never completed a grant application before? No problem! OSS is hosting a webinar series to help. Join us to discuss the opportunity and ask questions—then complete an application with us! Please select the one of the following dates/links to register.
Tuesday April 2, 10 – 11:30 AM
Thursday April 18, 1 – 2:30 PM
Monday June 10, 2 – 3:30 PM

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact OSS Grants Specialist, Jacob Dorff at schoolsafetygrants@doj.state.wi.us.


BTAM Training Opportunities Still Available!

Registration is still available for several of the Behavior Threat Assessment and Management (BTAM) trainings set around the state.   This high quality, full day, no cost training course is designed to provide multi-disciplinary teams (school administrators, school mental health professionals, security personnel and law enforcement) with an understanding of why threat assessment is an important part of violence prevention in schools. Topics include the following: how threat assessment fits in the framework of comprehensive school safety, overview of research and findings related to threat assessment, investigative themes and core concepts of threat assessment, key aspects for creating school-based threat assessment teams and process, how to determine the appropriate response to concerning behavior, and potential strategies for threat management. Training will involve lecture, discussion, and tabletop scenarios. This training course was revised and updated in 2023.  Staff that attended previous OSS training courses are encouraged to attend. We encourage teams to sign up early as this is one of our top requested trainings. The following is a list of dates and host sites in order of occurrence.  Registration links are available on the OSS website Training Opportunities page.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Threat Assessment Coordinator, Sue Williams (williamssl@doj.state.wi.us).

  • Tuesday, April 16, Green Bay Community Church- Green Bay
  • Wednesday, April 17, Fox Valley Technical College- Appleton
  • Thursday, May 2, School District of West Salem- West Salem
  • Friday, May 3, Mauston High School- Mauston
  • Tuesday, May 14, Wausaukee School District- Wausaukee
  • Wednesday, May 15, Borders Inn and Suites- Shawano
  • Tuesday, June 11, Hudson High School- Hudson
  • Wednesday, June 12, Chippewa Falls High School- Chippewa Falls


Upcoming Training Opportunities with National School Safety Partners

  • March 26: Virtual Training on School Safety Grants

    Please join the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse on March 26 for a virtual training on school safety grants available to the K-12 community. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Department of Justice will provide overviews of available and upcoming funding opportunities, eligibility requirements and deadlines, and examples of past grantee projects to help interested applicants consider how these programs could be applied towards their own school safety efforts.

    When: March 26, 2024, 2 – 3pm CDT
    Where: Microsoft Teams Live (access link to be provided to registrants one day in advance of the event)
    Registration: K12SchoolSafetyFunding.eventbrite.com

    The training will highlight SchoolSafety.gov’s Grants Finder Tool. If you have any questions, please contact the School Safety team at SchoolSafety@hq.dhs.gov. 

  • March 28: Virtual Training on School Bombing Incidents

    The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) invites you to join a four-hour Understanding and Planning for School Bombing Incidents (UPSBI) course.
    When: March 28, 2024, Thursday, from 10:00am – 2:00pm PST
    Where: hosted by New Mexico Tech via zoom.
    Registration: Click here to register.

    Learn to respond to school bomb threats and bombing incidents through lectures and exercises. Participants are presented with information necessary to recognize and assess threats to determine school response actions; evacuation and shelter-in-place considerations. See the course flyer for more information.


School Safety Resources

  • NCSS Releases New School Threat Assessment Toolkit!

    Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management (BTAM) is a valuable tool in a comprehensive approach to violence prevention that includes unique considerations and nuances when used in the school setting. With leadership and assistance from the National Center for School Safety (NCSS), and input from threat assessment experts, Dr. Dewey Cornell and Dr. Jennifer Maeng authored the School Threat Assessment Toolkit. This toolkit provides information about the definition, origin and current need for school threat assessment, with chapters dedicated to technical assistance on the training, implementation, and evaluation of school BTAM teams.  More specifically, actions steps to implement threat assessment teams, identify challenges in protecting student rights and maintaining fidelity, and highlights of important research findings are provided in the toolkit. Additionally, the toolkit includes links to many resources, as well as references to supporting documents/research.

  • Resource for Assessing Anonymous or Social Media Based Threats

    Kenosha Unified School District has created an assessment template for virtual or anonymous threats. District school safety staff collaborated with OSS and the National Threat Assessment Center to develop this helpful tool, and we are sharing it with their permission.
    Virtual/Anonymous Threat Assessment Checklist

  • Cybersecurity Resources for K-12 Schools

    Cyberattacks and online threats on K-12 schools and school districts are an increasingly widespread problem and can expose sensitive and confidential data, disrupt school operations and learning, and have substantial financial impacts. Learn how to protect against these threats with SchoolSafety.gov’s new cybersecurity infographic. This newly-released resource highlights information on the K-12 cyber threat landscape and strategies and resources school personnel can use to prevent and protect against cyberattacks and digital threats. DOWNLOAD THE INFOGRAPHIC. For additional cybersecurity resources, visit SchoolSafety.gov’s cybersecurity topic page. If you have any questions, please contact us at SchoolSafety@hq.dhs.gov.

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