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The KCSS Resource Center locates and evaluates information regarding school safety practices from KCSS research, national databases, the Internet, education journals and other resources to keep the KCSS and the citizens of Kentucky on top of current information and trends.

Various handouts, reports and links are provided below assisting interested school personnel, law enforcement officers and school safety conscious community members.

News

  • Karen McCuiston: Kentucky Safe Schools Week Oct. 21-27 offers important opportunity for engagement – Sept. 26, 2018 – KyForward - Every third week of October, schools across Kentucky have an opportunity to partner with their local lawmakers, first responders and community members to observe Kentucky Safe Schools Week. The week is designed to raise awareness of school safety issues and initiatives at the local and state level. … 
  • Communicating Expectations for Parental Behavior – Fall/Winter 2017 - Kentucky School Leader – Since 2003, the Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCS) has conducted 971 Safe School Assessments across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. … KCSS conducted two statewide studies concerning parental ...
  • The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center has released SITE ASSESS, their latest EOP Interactive Tool designed to support education agencies—both public and nonpublic—with emergency management and emergency operations plan (EOP) development.
  • Report: Less Than 1 Percent of Students Broke Laws – May 1, 2017 – West Kentucky Star - RICHMOND, KY - The Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) has released its 2015-16 School Safety Data Report examining law violations committed in Kentucky’s public schools during the previous school year. …

Events & Conferences

Reports and Resources

Vocational Training and KASA Presentation PowerPoints

Tragedy/Crisis

Current resources distributed to districts during aftermath of school tragedies

Administrators' Resources: How Can Schools Cope with Tragedy?  School Social Work Association of America - Resources to assist in working with students, schools, families and communities following a heartbreaking event.  Also included materials helpful for crisis response planning and prevention as well as links to numerous organizations that can also provide help.   

Helping Kids During Crisis   American School Counselor Association - Many resources are listed to help during a crisis - websites, webinars, sample documents, publications, etc.

Safety Requirements for Schools

SB 8/HB 354 GuideKentucky’s current emergency plan law KRS 158.162, addresses the expansion of previous laws by requiring schools and districts to include community first responders in their emergency plans, and present an opportunity for review and refinement of current emergency and safety practices through continuous improvement. This expansion is a logical step taken after recent tragic events occurring in our nation’s schools, ranging from intruders to tornadoes, and focus our attention once again on our goals and efforts to keep our students and staff safe.

KDE provides guidance through a brief outline pdf entitled Emergency Management Plan-Frequently asked Questions and a worksheet entitled Emergency Management Refinement Worksheet. Schools should review and refine their current Emergency Plan then share with their school council for adoption annually. Adoption by the school council must occur prior to completing assurances in CDIP and no later than November 1st.

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.

Download New School Safety Regulations Training Resources:

Incident Reporting Forms

Incident Report forms are here for planning purposes from various resources and other states.

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