Tuesday September 16th 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

S.T.O.P.! Tipline Training

S.T.O.P.! Tipline TrainingFriday, November 7
9:30am - 12:30pm (EST)
Bullitt County School District Board Office
1040 Highway 44 East, Shepherdsville, KY 40165

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If your school district is wanting to add another component to their bully prevention program, or if you realize that your students communicate more using technology than face-to-face maybe you have considered an online reporting tool. If so, this S.T.O.P. Tipline training might be what you are looking for...

What is the S.T.O.P. Tipline?
• Online Reporting of Bullying, Violence, Risky Behavior etc…
• Students, Staff or Community Members can send tips to school officials using technology
• Training is provided “Free” to Kentucky School Districts
• The S.T.O.P. Tipline program is also provided “Free” to Kentucky School Districts

What will the training include?
• Explain the uses of the S.T.O.P. Tipline
• Steps on how to implement the program in your school district
• Directions on proper documentation to receive the S.T.O.P. Tipline
• No further training sessions will be necessary to receive the program
• Three hours of EILA Credit

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Click Here to Download Training Handout

School Crisis Management - The First 30 Seconds

School Crisis Management - The First 30 SecondsWhen an emergency occurs, the first 30 seconds are critical in the decision making process. Training for principals, teachers, transportation supervisors and office personnel to explore your district’s policies, procedures, and guidelines for addressing various crisis situations.
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September 30, 2014 – EKU – Richmond, KY
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November 12, 2014 – MSU’s Paducah Regional Campus – Paducah, KY
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December 1, 2014 – Hampton Inn Somerset, KY
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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.

Jenkins Smith’s walk receives huge response at conference

Missy Jenkins Smith at KASA Conference

Heath High School shooting survivor Missy Jenkins Smith, right, smiles Wednesday evening as she uses a walker to stroll across the stage at the Kentucky Association of School Administrators Conference in Louisville as her husband, Josh, stays at a close distance. This marked the first time in 14 years that Jenkins Smith, who now makes her home with Smith and their two children in Calloway County, has walked in public, after doctors had told her she would never walk again following 1997 tragedy near Paducah.

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Stumbo Honors Career of Dr. Jack Rose

Stumbo Honors Career of Dr. Jack Rose
Dr. Jack Rose was honored on his impending retirement June 30, 2014, by the Board of the Kentucky Center for School Safety at their June 17th of the House, addressed the KCSS Board Members, staff and visitors bestowing Rose a well-deserved plaque for exemplary service and leadership during his 49-year career in secondary and post-secondary education.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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
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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

  • Anti-bullying task force launched by Beshear – Sept. 12, 2014 - The Courier-Journal - ...Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Audrey Tayse Haynes, secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, suggested the task force in a letter to Beshear last month. …
  • U of Louisville Spends $300K to Increase Security – Sept. 11, 2014 - Campus Safety Magazine - The university will add four campus police officers and four security guards, bringing the number of officers to 45 and the number of security guards to 26. ...
  • 10 Questions ... About Campus Safety  - Sept. 9, 2014 - U.S. News & World Report - Parents and prospective students should ask questions that cover a variety of campus safety topics, from natural disaster plans to how disciplinary ...        
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