August 18, 2021

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2020-2021 Annual OSSM Report cover

Office of the State School Security Marshal Annual Report 2020-2021

For a full copy of the 2020-2021 annual OSSM report, click here. Ben Wilcox, State School Security Marshal The School Safety and Resiliency Act (SSRA) was signed into law in March 2019, mandating that school districts across Kentucky be held accountable for the safety and security of the commonwealth’s students and staff. The SSRA requires that a recorded school risk assessment be completed by the end of the 2020-2021 school year. However, it could not anticipate a global pandemic that...

Suggestions for conducting emergency response drills during a pandemic

State law requires four emergency response drills to be completed during the first 30 school days and again in January: fire, severe weather, earthquake and lockdown.  Many SSCs are seeking advice regarding conducting these drills in light of the rise of infection rates of the Delta variant of Covid in their communities. Since these drills are mandated…not conducting them is NOT an option. That being said, how the school officials conduct these drills is a local decision.  The attached document is for...