Tuesday September 30th 2014

Kentucky Center for School Safety

Kentucky Schools focus on providing a warm culture and climate for both students and staff conductive to high levels of productivity and outstanding academic performance.

In today's society, school safety is a daily issue that ranges from classroom management to school incident command for crisis situations. The Kentucky Center for School Safety staff is committed to providing training, resources, information and research.

This website is available for planning, training or emergency assistance.

Let us assist, as your schools plan and practice and prepare for the safest schools possible.   Toll Free  877-805-4277,  ask@kycss.org

October...Anti-Bullying and Kentucky Safe Schools Week 2014 



KY Safe Schools Week 2014Press Release...October is Anti-Bullying Awareness Month and
Kentucky Safe Schools Week- October 19-25, 2014

Mark your Calendars... Kentucky Center for School Safety Announces this year's Ky Safe Schools Week is set for October 19-25, 2014.

PLAN YOUR CELEBRATION NOW! This year’s theme “LEAN On Me; Stop the Bullying!” focuses on the culture/environment of the school and the interdependence of students and staff to make the culture safe, warm and welcoming. Key to the “LEAN On Me” concept is straight from the song lyrics, “sometimes in our lives we all have pain and we all have sorrow” learning to depend on fellow classmates, trust the adults at school and to treat others well will support the subtitle of “STOP the Bullying.”

Lean On Me Video Ky Safe Schools Week 2014Click Here to plan a fantastic KY Safe Schools Week in your community

Click Here to watch the Ky Safe Schools Week 2014 Promotional Video

 

LEAN on ME; Stop the Bullying! PledgeThis year’s theme “LEAN On Me; Stop the Bullying!” will focus on the culture/environment of the school and the interdependence of students and staff to make the their school safe, warm and welcoming.

Click Here to Take the “LEAN On Me; Stop the Bullying!” Pledge

Last year students across Kentucky took the online pledge from Paducah to Pikeville. Over 48,000 students, teachers, parents and community members pledged to STOP! Bullying, Violence and Risky Behavior in our schools.

 

 

KY Safe Schools Week Booklet of HandoutsBooklet of Handouts
The Booklet of Handouts includes the online activities for Kentucky Safe Schools Week. This handbook offers ways to use the materials and ideas to assist you in the planning process. It is a multi-page booklet which will give you an overview of possible ways to use the resources provided.

Don't miss a thing! Browse through the table of contents and plan the perfect safe schools week for your school!

 

 

Kentucky Safe School Funding Released



Kentucky Center for School Safety Safe Schools Allocation ReportTo download the Kentucky Center for School Safety Safe Schools Allocation Report click here


 Trainings Available



S.T.O.P.! Tipline TrainingS.T.O.P.! Tipline Training
Friday, November 7
9:30am - 12:30pm (EST)
Bullitt County School District Board Office
1040 Highway 44 East, Shepherdsville, KY 40165
Click Here to Register for This Training
Click Here to Download Training Handout

 

School Crisis Management - The First 30 SecondsSchool Crisis Management - The First 30 Seconds
Click Here to Download Handout

September 30, 2014 – EKU – Richmond, KY
Click Here to Register for This Training

November 12, 2014 – MSU’s Paducah Regional Campus – Paducah, KY
Click Here to Register for This Training

December 1, 2014 – Hampton Inn Somerset, KY
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Free Training with Charlie Appelstein
The Kentucky Center for School Safety is pleased to be hosting Charlie Appelstein on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington, KY. Youth care specialist Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W., President of Appelstein Training Resources, LLC (ATR) provides expert strength-based training, consultation, publications, CDs, and DVDs for individuals and groups who work with children and youth experiencing serious emotional and behavioral issues.
Click Here to Register for this Training

Lexington radio station features KCSS bullying prevention consultants



WVLK A.M.-590 Radio Interview featuring KCSS

As schools begin a new school year throughout Kentucky within the next 2 weeks, a Lexington radio station (WVLK A.M.-590) featured KCSS bullying prevention consultants to discuss and answer questions on the topic between 9 and 10 a.m. on July 30th. Pictured with WVLK host Jack Pattie (standing in back) are (from left) Denny Vincent, Scott Harvey, Dr. Lynn McCoy-Simandle and KCSS director, Jon Akers. Given the wide-spread prevalence of bullying-related problems and issues in many schools and the concern they cause for parents and school staffs working daily to combat them, WVLK has requested that a similar format be presented by KCSS each month on the show.

SB 8/HB 354 Changes to School Safety Requirements for Schools



The passage of Senate Bill 8/HB 354 (http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/13RS/SB8.htm), which changes several of Kentucky’s current school safety statutes, took effect on June 25, 2013.  This bill expands current law by requiring schools and districts to include community first responders in their emergency plans, and presents an opportunity for review and refinement of current emergency and safety practices through continuous improvement. 

New plans due November 1, 2013.

--Guidance for SB 8/HB 354: Emergency Management Planning for Schools and Districts
--Summary of SB8/HB354 for District and School Use

The Kentucky Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Checklist for school construction  is to be used in compliance with KRS 158.447.  This is now a part of the BG-1 process. It is designed to create open discussion among school district officials, board member and licensed design professionals (aka architects) when they begin planning for new construction or renovation projects in a school district.

New! Download New School Safety Regulations Training Resources:

 

Highlights

 

The Kentucky Association of School Resource OfficersThe Kentucky Association of
School Resource Officers 2014 Awards

The Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers (KYASRO) is pleased to announce their 2014 awards.

Click Here to Read More

2013 School Resource Officer Annual Report
The current SRO Annual Report was published in May, 2014. In the spring of 2013, researchers from the Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) conducted a panel study examining the attributes of School Resource Officers throughout the state of Kentucky. Valuable information can be gleaned from within this 31 page report on current trends, practices and funding levels.

CONNECTIVITY FOCUS GROUP
Conducted by the Kentucky Center for School Safety
Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky

This two-hour facilitated discussion focused on identifying factors that help and hinder positive teacher/student relationships. Nine teachers/counselors from six Central Kentucky school districts participated. The session ended with each participant sharing a personal “success” story of connecting with a student. Click here for more information

Highlight on School Safety

Check Out Our New Annual Report
Click here to download

School Safety Resource & Research

What You Can Do to Help End Bullying... National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

While bullying doesn’t cause suicide, a stressful environment and persistent, emotional victimization can increase a person’s risk of suicide. Together, we can create awareness about the dangers of bullying and give emotional support to those who may be contemplating suicide. If you or someone you know is in an emotional distress or suicidal crisis, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Current School Safety News

  • Shots fired at Ky. school: 1 child hurt, school evacuated … - Sept. 30, 2014 - Lexington Herald Leader‎ - LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A high school student was injured and one person was being sought after a shooting at a high school in southern Louisville, police said Tuesday. The student had non-life threatening injuries and was reunited with parents at University Hospital, Officer Phil Russell said. … 
  • Cyberbullying seems to ramp up in middle school - Sept. 28, 2014 - Statesman Journal - As kids transition from elementary to middle school, they are increasingly the targets of cyberbullies, according to a recent study.  …    
  • ... Calls for House Hearings to Advance School Bus Safety Act  - Sept. 25, 2014 - School Transportation News -  …"There are things we can do to make our children safer, and I urge the Committee to take up this important matter before one more child is involved in a preventable accident." …       
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