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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.


  • 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. …
  • Student Reports of Bullying: Results From the 2015 School Crime ... - Dec 20, 2016 - These Web Tables use data from the 2015 School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) to show the relationship between bullying victimization and other variables …
  • Courage: A key to bullying prevention – Sept. 22, 2016 - Lexington Herald Leader - With social media, it can happen anywhere, anytime,” said Jon Akers, executive director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) … During a recent interview, Akers discussed how courage comes into play not only for bullying victims, but also for bystanders and parents, when taking a stand against bullying. …
  • Educators gather to learn about safety on social media – March 24, 2016 – The Record (Louisville) – …schools around the state learned about social media safety during a symposium at the Flaget Center March 15. Karen McCuiston, a representative of the Kentucky Center for School Safety, delivered the day’s keynote address titled “The Social ‘Me’ in Social Media: Tips to Stay Safe.”  …
  • [Audio] Susan & Morgan Guess on How Bullying has Changed in Kentucky – Feb. 16, 2016 – WKMS - Last week, Kentucky State House passed HB 316, legislation to establish a definition for bullying in Kentucky schools. Susan Guess is the founder of ...
  • 25th Edition of the KY KIDS COUNT County Data Book Highlights Progress and Opportunities to Make Kentucky the Best Place in America to be Young - Nov. 15, 2015 - Kentucky Youth Advocates - The 2015 County Data Book ranks all Kentucky counties on overall child well-being based on 16 indicators which relate to economic security, education, health, and family and community strength. …
  • Eleven alternative schools selected as Programs of Distinction – May 27, 2015 - The Lane Report - FRANKFORT, Ky. – In an effort to recognize the work of educators and programs that serve at-risk students, the Kentucky Department ...
  • Bullying, Cyber Bullying Rates …  – May 18, 2015 - Education World - Newly released data from the Department of Education indicates that bullying and cyberbullying...
  • Trying to stay ahead of students – April 2015 - Kentucky School Advocate –…parents and educators need to take charge and stay educated about what their kids are doing online, said Karen McCuiston with the Kentucky Center for School Safety. …
  • Gray area: Stopping cyberbullying can be tough call for educators – April 2015 – Kentucky School Advocate -  … Karen McCuiston, resource center director for the Kentucky Center for School Safety. “They spend at least 50 percent in the virtual world, if not 75 percent. So it really impacts them so much more than you think.” …  
  • Study: Kentucky Ranks Among Best At Controlling Bullying – Feb. 4, 2015 - LEX18 Lexington KY News -With Feb. 9 being Stop Bullying Day and more than 160,000 children missing school every day in the U.S. out of fear of being bullied, the leading ...     

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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.

SB 8/HB 354 Changes to School Safety Requirements for Schools

SB 8/HB 354 GuideThe 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 was 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.

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