House Republicans are working to further improve safety for students, teachers and school staff across Indiana. Two bills have been proposed that would ensure better protection in our schools.

Indiana is a national leader in school safety, but it is clear more must be done. Proposed legislation would continue strengthening physical security and mental health resources in Hoosier schools. With over $100 million already invested, the billwould provide school systems more flexibility to qualify for school safety matching grants, which could be used toward mental health resources, partnerships with local law enforcement and school resource officers. Schools would also be required to collaborate with local mental health service providers to ensure essential mental health resources are accessible to students.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, uncontrolled post-trauma bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death among trauma patients. “Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide initiative that provides first-aid kits to help in emergency situations. In an effort to save lives, another bill would place “Stop the Bleed” kits in public schools. School personnel would be trained to use the kits, which consist of instructional documents, a tourniquet, bandages and other itemsto help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

To track these and other bills, watch committee meetings and view session live, visit the Indiana General Assembly’s website here.