Hudson School District has been awarded a WI Department of Justice School Safety Grant in the amount of $188,385. The School District will use these funds to build on existing safety and security infrastructure and crisis preparedness practices. Board of Education President, Jamie Johnson, commented on the grant award, “This grant is about our kids. It’s about having a safe place to learn and work. We want everyone who comes into our schools to feel welcomed and be confident knowing safety is a priority.”
Primary dollars within the grant will be used to cover entry glass doors and windows with a shatter-resistant film. This film is a barrier to individuals who try to gain access to locked entries through force. Hudson Schools started the process of designing hard locked entrances ten years ago. This is the first step in providing a safe school environment. The addition of the shatter-resistant film at all entries will further harden school entrances.
On a day to day basis, having large windows looking into hallways and classrooms are important in the supervision of students throughout school buildings. The increased supervision provided by large windows is beneficial to reducing bullying behaviors and other activities that do not support a safe and secure environment. The School District recognizes the vulnerability interior glass may create in the event of a violent incident. The School Safety grant dollars will also be used to cover the “storefront” type classroom windows with a shatter-resistant film.
In addition to these infrastructure improvements, the School District will be training all teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and school age care staff in the early recognition of students who may be in need of additional supports or at risk of violent behavior. This level of training and added support for Hudson students is critical to a comprehensive approach to violence prevention and crisis preparedness in school.
As an additional safety measure, the School District is partnering with Hudson-based Hedge Tactical Solutions security to install software that integrates with law enforcement communications. This software provides law enforcement with real-time information through school security cameras in the event of a violent incident, medical emergency, or another school incident that requires an emergency response.
Superintendent Nick Ouellette stated, “The Hudson School District is fortunate to have the support of our three law enforcement agencies; St. Croix County Sheriff, City of Hudson Police Department, and Village of North Hudson Police Department. Law enforcement has been an integral part of our school crisis teams. We look forward to working together to assess each of our school buildings to determine areas of vulnerability and opportunities to mitigate risk. We are all committed to schools where kids want to come and learn, staff want to work, and families are confident we are doing everything we can to keep their children safe.