Connecticut receives $3.5 million in federal grants to encourage safe school environments

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HARTFORD, Connecticut — Connecticut is receiving two federal grants totaling $3.5 million to improve the atmosphere in schools, making them safer and healthier places for students.

The state was one of 12 states out of 30 that applied for the School Climate Transformation grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. The $3.3 million will help schools respond to mental-health issues among students and connect children and families with appropriate services and help.

The grant money will be distributed over five years.

Connecticut is also receiving a $291,483 School Emergency Management grant. The money will enable the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to provide extra training and help districts update school emergency operations plans.

Both grants are part of the president's initiative to improve school safety after the Newtown mass shooting two years ago.

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