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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

Just released: 2017-18 School Safety Data Report

2017-18 School Safety Data ReportThe Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) has released its 2017-18 School Safety Data Report, examining law violations committed in Kentucky’s public schools.

Kentucky Safe Schools Week 2019

Our Safety Story Pledge Map...Kindness*Unity*Empathy

KCSS thanks all who are participating in the online Our Safety Story Pledge across Kentucky:

Click Here to Take the Our Safety Story Pledge...Kindness*Unity*Empathy
Click Here to Check Your County's Statistics

Our Safety Story Pledge Map

>1,000 Pledges: Floyd County, LaRue County, Pendleton County, Union County, McCreary County, Clinton County, Russell County, Warren County/ Bowling Green Independent, Campbell County/ Bellevue Independent/ Dayton Independent/ Ft. Thomas Independent/ Newport Independent/ Silver Grove Independent/ Southgate Independent, Muhlenberg County
500-999 Pledges: Lewis County, Marion County, Logan County/ Russellville Independent, Hardin County/ West Point Independent/ Elizabethtown Independent, Monroe County, Marshall County, Calloway County/ Murray Independent, Cumberland County, Webster County, Bullitt County, Graves County/ Mayfield Independent, Breckinridge County/ Cloverport Independent, Kenton County/ Beechwood Independent/ Covington Independent/ Erlanger-Elsmere Independent/ Ludlow Independent, Henderson County, Christian County
250-499 Pledges: Fleming County, Robertson County, Mercer County/ Burgin Independent, Magoffin County, Morgan County, Carter County, Wolfe County, Fulton County/ Fulton Independent, Greenup County/ Raceland-Worthington Independent/ Russell Independent, Taylor County/ Campbellsville Independent, Casey County, Barren County/ Glasgow Independent/ Caverna Independent, Johnson County/ Paintsville Independent, Hickman County
50-249 Pledges: Butler County, Carlisle County, Hopkins County/ Dawson Springs Independent, Trimble County, Carroll County, Green County, Grayson County, Adair County, Garrard County, Menifee County, Ballard County, Boyd County/ Fairview Independent/ Ashland Independent, Metcalfe County, Pike County/ Pikeville Independent, Boyle County/ Danville Independent/ Kentucky School for the Deaf, Henry County/ Eminence Independent, Whitley County/ Corbin Independent/ Williamsburg Independent, Grant County/ Williamstown Independent, Harlan County/ Harlan Independent, Pulaski County/ Science Hill Independent/ Somerset Independent, Madison County/ Berea Independent, Boone County/ Walton-Verona Independent, Martin County, Letcher County/ Jenkins Independent, McCracken County/ Paducah Independent

Kentucky Center for School Safety Receives William Nallia Award

Kentucky SB 1 SigningThe KASA Board of Directors selected the Kentucky Center for School Safety as the 2019 recipient of the William Nallia Award

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COPS Office Grant Program Updates

COPS Office Grant Program UpdatesCOPS Hiring Program (CHP), Community Policing Development
Microgrants Program launching soon…

Once the solicitations are open, we will send a notice with links to all of the appropriate materials. Please take this opportunity to prepare for the upcoming solicitations by gathering required information and documentation. Helpful advice can be found here - Preparing to Apply.

Please stay tuned for additional details and visit our website at for information about these and other COPS Office programs.

Active Shooter Training Video

Video Instructions on administering NaloxoneActive 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
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Kentucky SB 1 Signing

Kentucky SB 1 SigningOn Wednesday, March 27, Governor Matt Bevin ceremoniously signed Senate Bill 1, also known as the School Safety and Resiliency Act, into law.

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School Resource Officer Awards

Ray Chumbler Ray Chumbler receives the region 2 meritorious service award

School Resource Officer AwardsIt is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the 2019 Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers award winners. The award ceremony took place at the annual Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) Leadership Institute at the Galt House in Louisville, KY on Wednesday, July 17th at 11:30.

These awards are well deserved and we are very proud of each nomination we received!

  • Tony Likins, Anderson County KYASRO School Resource Officer of the Year (View image on The Anderson News Facebook)
  • William Schwartz, Kenton County Educator of the Year
  • Bill Rudie, Fairview Ind.
    KYASRO Award of Merit
  • Chris Shelton, Warren County
    KYASRO Award of Merit
  • Senator Max Wise
    KYASRO President’s Award

E-cigarettes, "Vapes" and JUULs: What Schools Should Know

E-cigarettes, Vapes and JUULs: What Schools Should KnowE-cigarettes, "Vapes" and JUULs: What Schools Should Know
Information on e-cigarettes, "vapes" and JUULs for schools to learn more about what they are, why kids use them and health risks. (American Lung Association)

Handout for schools – American Lung Association

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:

Highlight on School Safety

School Safety Resources & Research

Arming Teachers to Mitigate School Shootings - Arming Teachers as a Means to Prevent and Mitigate School Shootings: Assumptions, Readiness, and Contrast to Law Enforcement Officers Involved in Encounters with Armed Assailants, by Sheldon Greenberg, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Metal Detectors in Clay County Schools
- The purpose of this paper is to explore benefits and complications with the use of metal detectors in a school setting. By: Deann Stivers Allen, PhD
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

  • October is Bullying Prevention Month; Kentucky Safe Schools Week set for Oct. 20-26 –  October 8, 2019 - Kentucky Teacher - October is Bullying Prevention month and Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for Oct. 20–26. This year’s theme for Kentucky Safe Schools Week is “Our Safety Story!” and the Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. …
  • Kentucky Safe Schools Week set for Oct. 20–26 as part of Bullying Prevention Month – KyForward – Oct. 6, 2019 - October is Bullying Prevention Month, and this year Kentucky Safe Schools Week is focusing on kindness, unity and empathy. Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for Oct. 20–26. This year’s theme is “Our Safety Story!” and the Kentucky Center for School Safety stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. ...
  • The Great Central U.S. Shakeout –  K -12 Schools and Districts  - Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:17 a.m. on October 17th during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills! Schools have many key roles during disasters, and when they are well prepared everyone benefits. Also, by holding earthquake drills on the same day, they inspire the participation of many others.  Resources for drill planning are included. 
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