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Title Colorado Safe Student Protection Program
Status House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (05/12/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors B. McLachlan (D)
M. Catlin (R)
Senate Sponsors D. Coram (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 01/20/2022

The bill creates the Colorado safe student protection program
(program) to provide grants to school districts and charter schools to
support student safety, including equipment and training to ensure safe
student transportation on school buses, and to facilitate the development
of a secure website, online application, and mobile application that

provide parental notifications about student safety and age-appropriate
health and safety information at no cost to parents (secure digital
notification and information tools). The department of education
(department) operates the grant program and selects a program facilitator
to support schools awarded a program grant. The department allocates a
portion of the program money to the program facilitator.
Subject to available appropriations, program grants are 3-year
grants that cover the 2022-23 through 2024-25 school years. The
department annually distributes grant money. A grant recipient may use
a grant award to:
  • Provide parents with the secure digital notification and
information tools;
  • Increase the safety of students and the security of school
buses by equipping school buses with hardware and
software that monitor driver behavior and enable the buses
to communicate directly with first responders; and
  • Fund relevant school bus safety training, including federal
transportation security awareness training.
The program facilitator may be a public benefit corporation or a
nonprofit organization that operates with a charitable purpose and must
have at least 7 years of experience in student safety, including student
transportation safety. The department allocates program money to the
program facilitator. The program facilitator must use program money to:
  • Support program grant recipients;
  • Develop the secure digital notification and information
  • Recruit school bus drivers and conduct or facilitate federal
transportation security awareness training;
  • Develop and make publicly available school bus
transportation safety information and age-appropriate
student safety educational materials;
  • Conduct a statewide awareness campaign to reduce
instances of drivers illegally failing to stop for a school
bus; and
  • Seek additional sources of funding on behalf of the
The program is a 3-year program that repeals in 2025. The bill
makes an appropriation.

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