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Announcing KCSS Principal Mentor Program

From the desk of Jon Akers, Executive Director of Kentucky Center for School Safety KCSS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE OUR MOST CURRENT INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT NEW PRINCIPALS, The KCSS Principal Mentoring Program. It has been my observation over the past several years that Kentucky is experiencing a high turnover in principals in our state. In fact, many move on to other positions within five years.  With the demands that greatly affect you and your district staff on a daily basis, KCSS...

Resources for supporting children and adults following acts of violence

Shared by Christina Weeter, KDE via KYFRYSC ListServ Considering the recent events involving mass violence, the Kentucky Department of Education would like to connect schools, families and the community with resources for talking with children about mass shootings and other events involving violence. The linked document, which was initially compiled by The University of Kentucky’s Center on Trauma and Children, provides resources that can be used across developmental stages. For more information, contact Doug Roberts at doug.roberts@education.ky.gov or (502) 564-4772. National Child...

Coping with tragic events

From Common Sense Media As an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, families, and educators across the country, our hearts are broken. Many members of our staff are parents or caregivers, and we grieve with the families who lost loved ones in the tragic mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, yesterday. This only adds to our heartache following the recent tragedies in Buffalo, New York, and Laguna Woods, California. We understand how powerless you might be feeling. You may...

After the School Tragedy Resources

Tragedy Resources Resources dealing with school violence and tragedy. The safety of our precious children and staff is our first priority.  Here are some available resources: After the Tragedy …In the ClassroomSchool Violence Prevention: Tips for Parents & Educators (NASP)Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster(SAMHSA)Information for Parents During a CrisisCoping with Traumatic Events: Resources for Children, Parents, Educators, and Other Professionals (resources also available in Spanish, Chinese & Japanese) (SAMHSA)Talking to children about terrorist attacks and...

Persistence to Graduation Summit invitation

Shared by G. Douglas Roberts, KDE via Safe Schools ListServ Register now for the 2022 Persistence to Graduation Summit Join the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of Student Success for the 2022 Persistence to Graduation Summit on June 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville. This experience will bring together education professionals from across Kentucky to share innovative strategies to support students on pathways to graduate high school and transition successfully to their next chapter. This highly interactive event...
SRO News - Summit students treated to pizza following safety scare in Columbus

Summit students treated to pizza following safety scare in Columbus

Ben Wilcox, Kentucky School Security Marshal, shared with the fourth-graders at Summit Elementary about the importance of their action in Ohio as well as continually learning how to be a safe and good person. Photos by EMILY PORTER | The Daily Independent From The Daily Independent By EMILY PORTER | The Daily Independent | May 11, 2021 Summit fourth-graders were recognized for their response during a scary situation on a field trip in Ohio. The students and teachers had pooled...

Registration Open for Trauma-Informed Practices for Educators and School Personnel Learning Collaboratives

From the desk of Kathryn Tillett, MSSW CSW, Kentucky AWARE Project Director, Kentucky Department of Education, Division of Student Success, Office of Continuous Improvement and Support In partnership with KDE, University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children is offering Trauma-Informed Practices for Educators and School Personnel Learning Collaboratives. There will be three learning collaboratives held during 2022-2023: two in person and one virtual option. There is no charge for participation. Participants will Prepare to meet the requirements of the School...

Save the Date for School Safety Coordinator’s Update Training

Save the Date for School Safety Coordinator’s Update Training From the Kentucky Center for School Safety Please save June 14, 2022 for this year’s School Safety Coordinator update training. The training will begin at 8:30 a.m. EASTERN Time and conclude 11:30. Three hours of EILA credit will be provided. This session will be via zoom. During the zoom meeting, there will be a Chat Room available for any questions that may pop up as our presentation progresses. FOR NEW SSCs:...

COPS grants announced…which can involve hiring more SROs

From the desk of Jon Akers, Executive Director of Kentucky Center for School Safety Community Oriented Policing includes School Resource Officers. Only Police agencies can apply for this grant. I strongly recommend that you contact your local Law Enforcement agency to see if they are interested in applying for these funds and increasing the number of SROs in your school district. COPS Hiring Program (CHP) The 2022 COPS Hiring Program is a competitive grant program designed to provide funds directly...
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