Thursday April 24th 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,

S.T.O.P.! Tipline Trainings


Kentucky Center for School Safety will be offering two S.T.O.P.! Tipline Trainings in June:

Morehead Conference Center Training
Tuesday, June 17 from 12:30 – 3:30 (EST)
Morehead Conference Center
111 East First Street, Morehead, KY 40351
Click Here to Register for This Training
Click Here to Download Training Handout

Murray State University Training
Thursday, June 19 from 9:30 – 12:30 (CST)
2014 College and Career Readiness Summit
Alexander Hall, Murray State University
Click Here to Register for This Training
Click Here to Download Training Handout

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...

Steve Kimberling Youth Leadership in School Safety Award

Steve Kimberling Youth Leadership in School Safety Award
The Kentucky Center for School Safety and Kentucky School Boards Association would like to acknowledge youth who have taken an innovative leadership role in school safety. This award will reflect the mission of its namesake, the late Steve Kimberling, who was the catalyst of the Safe School Conference.

Click Here for More Information

School Resource Officer Awards

Important Notice to Principals and Chiefs/Sheriffs
Is there an outstanding School Resource Officer or Educator/School Administrator in your department or school system? The Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers is taking nominations for:

- Kentucky School Resource Officer of the Year (There will only be one overall SRO of the Year award given this year. KYASRO has discontinued the regional award process).
- Educator/School Administrator of the Year
- Rookie SRO of the Year

Download KYASRO 2014 Application (PDF)
Download KYASRO 2014 Application (Word)

KSP Launches Statewide Safe Schools Active Shooter Training Program

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – KSP launched a statewide Active Shooter Training Program (ASTP) as part of a Safe School Initiative developed by the agency for the purpose of heightening security practices for maximum school safety. The KSP, with input from school administrators across the state, has developed a program aimed at assisting Kentucky schools on how to respond effectively during an active shooter incident. This program is designed to provide four levels of assistance to aid school officials in establishing or complimenting their current emergency management response plans. These levels include, on-site visits, target hardening, lock down drills and hands-on role-playing scenarios that simulate an active shooter incident within a school setting. Click to read more

Kentucky Safe Schools Week 2013  

KCSS thanks all who participated in the online S.T.O.P. pledge. A special "SHOUT OUT" of appreciation to our "GREEN" and "BLUE" school districts! "GREAT JOB!"

Hope everyone has been able to celebrate Ky Safe Schools Week in your School and join us as we S.T.O.P! Bullying, Violence and Risky Behaviors in our Schools.

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:




Read the Fall 2013 online issue of Kentucky School Leader

For the debut issue of Kentucky School Leader's new look, the focus is all about keeping our schools and students safe. School safety is not just about school shootings. It encompasses anything that put children's lives in harm's way, from bullying to severe weather.

With the help of the Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) and other experts, you will find articles on Kentucky's recently-passed school safety laws, Senate Bill 8 and House Bill 354; how schools should cope with cyber-bullying; steps to creating, revising or updating your Emergency Operations Plan and much more.
Click to Read the Fall 2013 Kentucky School Leader Magazine

Bullying has become a serious concern in school districts across the state and in the nation. Host Renee Shaw and guests explore the impact of bullying on students today, the role of bystander intervention, and how schools are implementing anti-bullying programs.

Watch the KET Health Three60 Video Program: "When Children Are Cruel"

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

Watch the informational KYASRO video
created by DOCJT:

Protecting Our Most Valuable Resource


The COPS Office awards of 263 FY 2013 COPS Hiring Program
Congratulations to the three agencies in Kentucky who received funding - McKee, Louisville, Nicholasville. 

Highlight on School Safety

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).

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