Following the enactment of Councilman David Greenfield’s school security guard legislation earlier this year, which allowed non public schools to qualify for reimbursement for hiring a security guard, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services has released the official rules and procedures for schools seeking to take advantage of the new law.
Councilman Greenfield is now encouraging all qualifying schools to apply now for reimbursement under the program.
“This program is a great opportunity for nonpublic schools in New York to ensure the safety of their students. It is vitally important that all nonpublic schools apply through DCAS to establish their eligibility as soon as possible,” said Greenfield. “Don’t wait until the last minute!”
Greenfield’s law provides for non-public schools with over 300 students to receive full reimbursements from the city for the cost of hiring security guards to protect students while school is in session or while school-related activities are taking place. Schools with 300 students will be eligible to be reimbursed for the cost of one security guard, while schools with 500 or more students will be eligible for a second guard. An additional guard will be authorized for every 500 additional students.
To apply, schools must use the city’s online HHS Accelerator system. Schools that are already prequalified in HHS Accelerator may log in to complete an application immediately. Schools that are new to HHS Accelerator will have to prequalify by creating an account and completing HHS Accelerator Business and Service applications. After prequalification is complete, eligible schools will be able to apply for security guard reimbursement.
“Every student deserves a safe place to learn,” Greenfield said. “My law will ensure that every student receives just that. Again, I urge all staff and administrators at nonpublic schools to begin the application process now, and to reach out to DCAS with any questions you might have.”
Applications for the 2016-2017 school year will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until November 1, 2016. DCAS will determine whether each application meets the requirements of the program and its final rules. Qualifying schools will be provided with a Memorandum of Understanding describing the school’s estimated budget for security services for the 2016-2017 school year. Upon signing the MOU, the school will be eligible for the reimbursement of its security expenses.
More info on the program can be found here.