New Hanover County Schools is the recipient of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Center for Safer Schools 2019-2020 School Safety Grant. The safety grant will provide over $600,000.00 in financial resources to allow for the district to fund School Resource Officers and help upgrade radio communications. The grant will also enable the district to increase partnerships with Coastal Horizons, Communities In Schools of the Cape Fear, and the New Hanover County Resiliency Task Force.
“This grant allows New Hanover County Schools to continue to support our students’ emotional and physical safety in conjunction with our community partners,” stated Kristin Jackson, NHCS Director of Student Support Services.
Through community partnerships, the district will be able to provide a Trauma-Informed Licensed Professional to students K-12. NHCS will also expand current Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training to five more schools and offer a two-day resilience training for educators to provide them with tools to ease stress and secondary trauma.