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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

Talking to Students about National Violence

KCSS Online Training Series for School Based Law Enforcement

KCSS Online Training Series for School Based Law EnforcementKCSS Online Training Series for School Based Law Enforcement includes: School Resource Officer Orientation, Building Relationships, Search and Seizure in Schools, SB1 and SB8 - What are they all about and Cyber Security in a Virtual Learning Environment These trainings run from January 26 through April 1.

For brochure, for more information and how to register, click here

Elementary School Lockdown Workbook

KCSS is excited to offer this newly developed Elementary School Lockdown Workbook; Suggestions and Ideas When Teaching Lockdown Practices to Elementary School Students. Lockdowns and other safety drills are part of a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan. Each school engages in actions designed to mitigate loss in response to a safety threat. Although the classroom teacher is best suited to develop specific lessons/instructions for his/her class, this workbook provides ideas and samples to assist in preparing that specific classroom plan.
Download Elementary School Lockdown Workbook
Printable Appendix:

Considerations for Practices in School Safety

To Kentucky Public School Principals and Assistant Principals:

This document is being presented to principals and assistant principals as a list of reminders for school administrators to consider when addressing current trends and state laws that pertain to school safety practices.

It is not to be construed as a best practices document but rather a quick reference guide of reminders and suggestions.

As always, if you have questions regarding current trends or practices in school safety, feel free
to contact staff members from the Kentucky Center for School Safety at 1-877-805-4277.
Thank you for serving as school-based administrators. You remain the key implementers of all
safety practices in your school.

Best regards,
Jon R. Akers, Executive Director

Download Considerations for Practices in School Safety

S.T.O.P.! Tipline Logo for use with NTI

Jon Akers, Executive Director of KCSS makes urgent plea to school personnel:

Child protection professionals across the country are very concerned about the safety and welfare of children who have been in the home since March due to the pandemic. Many students are still isolated and receiving online instruction. Experts fear these students may be at a greater risk of various forms of abuse and even online threats or cyberbullying. These kids need protection.

I want to make an earnest recommendation to our educators to include the School Safety Tipline information (see below) on every online lesson that is being taught every day. I want the students to have a constant reminder that there is help “out there” …

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Trainings/Workshops Available

New trainings and workshops available:

Coronavirus Resources

Training Videos

Active Shooter Training VideoActive Shooter Training Video
The Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) has officially released the Active Shooter Training video as required by Senate Bill 1. Please see the link below to access this required training video. Please be reminded that any staff member (certified, classified or paraprofessional) who will have contact with students must view this video/training. For more information contact Ben Wilcox, School Security Marshal, DOCJT
Click here to view
Click here to read letter from Ben Wilcox

Active Shooter Training VideoHandle With Care Notification System
Handle With Care (HWC) is the notification system described in the School Safety & Resiliency Act where schools and districts are required to collaborate with law enforcement to create procedures for notification of a student who has been trauma-exposed as part of the plan for implementing a trauma-informed approach in schools. The Kentucky State Police (KSP) have implemented a notification system that is now active statewide. The information below has been provided to us by KSP regarding implementation of the HWC program.
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School Resource Officer Awards

School Resource Officer Awards It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers award winners.

These awards are well deserved and we are very proud of each nomination we received!
2020 KYASRO Scholarship winners:
  1. Kolton Grider, Russell County
  2. Brandon Thomas,
    Montgomery County
  3. Marisa Fields, Metcalfe County
2020 Award Winners:
  • James Poynter, SRO of the Year, Kenton County Schools
  • Rookie of the Year
    (to be announced)
  • Mark Willhoite, Administrator of the Year, Carroll County Schools
Special awards given by KYASRO for 2020:
  • KYASRO President’s Award – Boone County Sheriff’s Office
  • KYASRO Award of Merit – Lee County Schools and SRO, John Marshall
  • KYASRO Lifetime Achievement Award – Ashland Police Department in honor of Danny Mooney
KYASRO/KCSS Promising SRO Programs
  • Boone County
  • Fayette County
  • Ashland Ind.

Congratulations to all the award and scholarship winners!

School Safety and Non-Traditional Instruction

Non-Traditional InstructionNon-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Support Services – -  KDE is  providing district staff and teachers with the support and tools necessary for successful in-person, virtual, and blended instruction. This site is intended for use as an on-going and growing resource for educators across the Commonwealth in supporting quality instruction wherever students are learning.

Google Resources Google Resources: DISTANCE LEARNING STRATEGIES
Save time and engage students with ideas and resources for remote teaching. It also supports teachers, students, and guardians during school closures with distance learning resources.

REMS: CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019REMS: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)1: Key Preparedness And Response Considerations: Effective COOP planning for schools is done in collaboration w/community partners, since school systems often play key roles in community preparedness plans, especially response & recovery initiatives.

Internet Use and Abuse...More Time Online

Internet Safety ToolkitThe Kentucky Attorney General Office offers this Internet Safety Toolkit as a guide to help keep children safe online. The internet and other technologies have drastically changed the way children interact with their world; the internet has become a major part of nearly every aspect of our lives. Today’s children have access to the internet at very young ages; they are comfortable with it and able to interact with it easily.

Bark for Schools Bark for Schools - Providing the Tools That Schools Need — Free trial for parents and free all public and private K-12 schools, Bark for Schools includes G Suite and Office 365 student account monitoring, Chrome/Chromebook monitoring, and web content filtering.

Common Sense K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum Common Sense K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum – This curriculum is designed to help students think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. It includes lesson plans, student digital interactives, assessments, and materials for family education. Common Sense Media: Age-Based Media Reviews for Families - a source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families. Digital Passport tests the basics of online life for 5-8 grade. Stop Bullying Online - Digital resources to help stop cyberbullying before it starts. Parents' Ultimate Guide to Parental Controls – to keep kids' Internet experiences safe, fun, and productive. …

FBI Safe Online Surfing FBI Safe Online Surfing - FBI-SOS is a free, fun, and informative program that promotes cyber citizenship by educating students in third to eighth grades on the essentials of online security. Students will learn skills to keep them cyber safe in a game format.

Cyber-Bullying ...Talk Right, Be Polite

Cyber-Bullying Resources Cyber-Bullying: Suggestions for Parents - (KCSS) Cyber-bullying can range from rude comments to lies, impersonations, and threats, therefore your responses may depend on the nature and severity of the cyber-bullying.

Cyber-Bullying: Suggestions for Students - (KCSS) What to do if you are Cyber-bullied, How to Prevent being Cyber-bullied, and How to Prevent being a Cyber-bully.

 Cyber-Bullying: Writing Prompts - (KCSS) (From the Ad Council-YouTube videos. Titles hyperlinked below)
- The Kitchen (video) Writing Prompt (handout)
- Talent Show (video) Writing Prompt (handout)
- Bulletin Board (video) Writing Prompt (handout)
- Everyone Knows Your Name (video) Writing Prompt (handout)
- General Writing Prompt (handout)

Digital Awareness for Parents Digital Awareness for Parents – - The digital world is constantly evolving with new social media platforms, apps, and devices, and children and teens are often the first to use them. Some negative things that may occur include cyberbullying, sexting, posting hateful messages or content, and participating in negative group conversations.

Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: Identification, Prevention, and Response Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: Identification, Prevention, and Response – Cyberbullying Research Center - Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W. (2020). A guide to help educators/parents/guardians spot cyberbullying. This fact sheet also addresses how to respond appropriately.

Coronavirus, Online Learning, Social Isolation, and Cyberbullying Coronavirus, Online Learning, Social Isolation, and Cyberbullying: How To Support Our Students – Cyberbullying Research Center - The coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm and disrupted so many aspects of our lives. Here are three important considerations… (Hinduja, S. & Patchin, J. W.)

Social Networking...Be “App”ropriate

Netsmartz Social Networking - Netsmartz - This site provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach students to be safer online with the goal of helping them become more aware of potential online risks. - Videos and resources specifically for teens and tweens.

Smart Social Networking Smart Social Networking - Cyberbullying Research Center - Fifteen Tips for Teens - Don't let your social media use negatively affect your life, now or in the future. Use these 15 simple steps to safeguard your online reputation.

Facebook, Instagram, and Social Facebook, Instagram, and Social - Common Sense Media - Use our social media guide for parents: tips, advice, and the latest research to ... the social media landscape and help keep your kids' online interactions safe. Social Media Rules for Teens and Tweens Video -  Here are five rules to share with kids before they start sharing online.

Snap Chat Snap Chat Handout - (KCSS) This addresses the SnapChat app where messages, photos and videos disappear. It can be fun for teens but there are some pointers and tips to make this app safe for everyone. That Little Ghost Can Haunt You! Be careful... It might seem fun. Easy for anyone to save your snaps and forward them on without you knowing.

Mental Health Issues... Coping with NTI and Coronavirus

Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19 Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19 (NASP) Families across the country are adapting to the evolving changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most schools and nonessential businesses are closed, and parents and other caregivers are faced with helping their families adjust to the new normal.

Talking With Children About Coronavirus Disease Talking With Children About Coronavirus Disease (CDC) Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children. As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline FREE Hotline...National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Together, we can create awareness 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).

S.T.O.P.! Tipline - Safe School Reporting Tool S.T.O.P.! Tipline - Safe School Reporting Tool (Kentucky Office of Homeland Security) - Use this tip line (or call 1-866-393-6659) to report concerns of any kind, whether it be at home or at school. You may report anonymously, or choose to be contacted. This is a free service for all Kentuckians.

Disaster Distress Helpline Disaster Distress Helpline - SAMHSA. The Disaster Distress Helpline,   1-800-985-5990 (text Talk WithUs to 66746), is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This hotline is toll-free and multilingual.

Gun Safety…Unload and Lockup

Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program Eddie Eagle: Parents play a key role in developing safe practices and are ultimately responsible for the behavior and safety of their children.  The goal of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program is to help you bring up an important safety issue with your child. Available videos, video 1, video 2, video 3

Be SMART The Be SMART campaign to raise awareness that responsible gun storage – storing guns locked, unloaded and separate from ammunition – can save children’s lives. Be SMART emphasizes that it’s an adult responsibility to keep kids from accessing guns, and that every adult can play a role in keeping kids and communities safer. Resources available. Video available

Newly Revised Emergency Management Resource Guide


2015 KCSS Annual ReportKCSS is proud to announce the release of the newly revised Emergency Management Resource Guide and Emergency Management Quick Reference Guide:

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