Thursday January 29th 2015

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,

Winter Safety at School

Winter Holiday Safety at SchoolSafe Holiday Decor at SchoolSchool Safety Winter HealthSchool Safety Winter Storm Warning

Sexual Violence- Green Dot

Kentucky is the first state in the nation to test the effectiveness of a bystander strategy to reduce sexual violence, dating violence, sexual harassment and stalking in a high school population. Violence can be prevented. See the results of a successfully completed CDC funded research study entitled: Green Dot Across the Bluegrass.
Green Dot Across the Bluegrass
Watch Video: Green Dot Across the Bluegrass

Watch Video: JEAN DONOHUE - THE GREEN DOT INTERVENTION - But, does it work?

Save the Date: 2015 Safe Schools and Communities Conference

In collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training

We are planning for 2015 and the dates have been set. The next conference will take place June 15 – 17, 2015 at the Marriott in Louisville. One of the keynotes for this event will be the former principal from Columbine who has just recently started speaking about their experiences. Please save the date!

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

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.

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.

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

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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