FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Southwest Allen County Schools is receiving one of two grants from the Department of Justice.
The district announced this week it will receive $250,000 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) program under The Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018.
SACS said it plans to hire a licensed therapist schools to meet the needs of students and families.
"Part of making sure they are able to be educated is they are comfortable and safe and are ready to learn," said SACS superintendent Dr. Phil Downs.
The grant will also buy evidence and research based curriculum to support students’ social and emotional well-being and continue partnerships with Butler University.
"Having someone to talk to they can trust is probably on of the most important things you can do to have a safe environment for everybody," said Downs.
SACS said it plans to hire the therapist by the spring.
The only other grant recipient in Indiana was the Indiana Department of Health.