Friday November 28th 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,

Kentucky Safe School Data Released

data  Kentucky 2012-2013 Safe Schools Data Project
  Report of Resolutions for Board and Law Violations 
         Full Report
         Press Release
         Safe School Data Webpage


Kentucky Safe Schools Week 2014 

KCSS Safe Schools Week 2014


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

School Crisis Management - The First 30 SecondsSchool Crisis Management - The First 30 Seconds
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December 1, 2014 – Hampton Inn Somerset, KY
Click Here to Register for This Training

Free Training with Charlie AppelsteinFree 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

The Lexington Morning News with Jack Pattie

WVLK A.M.-590 Radio Interview featuring KCSS

A Lexington radio station (WVLK A.M.-590) featured KCSS bullying prevention consultants to discuss and answer questions on the topic. 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 (, 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:




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

  • How safe is your child's school?  - Nov. 25, 2014 - WHAS 11 - LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Detailed information about every public school and district in the Bluegrass State is available on the Kentucky School Report Card. …   
  • Online tip service can help fight bullying; Russell signs up  - Nov. 20, 2014  - The Independent  - The district is implementing an online tip service through which students or their parents can report unsafe situations such as bullying, weapons, drugs or violence. The service is called the Safety Tipline Online Prevention tipline and is provided free by the Kentucky Center for School Safety. …
  • 'Chaos' at Florida State University: Gunman wounds 3… – Nov. 20, 2014 - Washington Post‎ -  …Florida State University police … initial report after they stopped a gunman at the campus library early Thursday. The shooter left three students wounded as hundreds studying inside the library fled or took cover. …
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