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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,

Kentucky Safe Schools Week

KY Safe Schools Week Click below to view a slideshow capturing Kentucky Safe Schools Week participation by students, educators, school support staff, parents, community members and other interested school safety supporters across the state.  The slideshow ends with day-by-day images of how our pledges grew on the pledge map.  The map’s growth is all due to your participation in this year’s Kentucky Safe Schools Week “BE INCREDIBLE, Reveal Your SUPERhero! Pledge Against Bullying.”  We cannot thank you enough for your support during this week of school safety awareness and all that you do to focus on safety every day.

Be Incredible SUPERhero... Pledge Against Bullying Pledge Map

KCSS thanks all who are participating in the online Be Incredible SUPERhero... Pledge Against Bullying across Kentucky:

Click Here to Take the Be Incredible SUPERhero... Pledge Against Bullying
Click Here to Check Your County's Statistics

School Safety on KET

>1,000 Pledges: Russell County, Floyd County, McCreary County, McCracken County/ Paducah Independent, Calloway County/ Murray Independent, Warren County/ Bowling Green Independent, Kenton County/ Beechwood Independent/ Covington Independent/ Erlanger-Elsmere Independent/ Ludlow Independent, Christian County, Marshall County, Hardin County/ West Point Independent/ Elizabethtown Independent, Henderson County, Graves County/ Mayfield Independent, Grayson County, Fayette County, Wayne County, Bullitt County, Johnson County/ Paintsville Independent, Hopkins County/ Dawson Springs Independent, Pike County/ Pikeville Independent, Whitley County/ Corbin Independent/ Williamsburg Independent, Estill County, Knott County, Pendleton County, LaRue County, Gallatin County, Bourbon County/ Paris Independent, Pulaski County/ Science Hill Independent/ Somerset Independent, Barren County/ Glasgow Independent/ Caverna Independent, Carroll County, Clinton County, Ohio County, Woodford County, Boyd County/ Fairview Independent/ Ashland Independent, Lincoln County, Perry County/ Hazard Independent, Greenup County/ Raceland-Worthington Independent/ Russell Independent

Orientation for New School Resource Officers

Orientation for New School Resource OfficersTraining Announcement: The "Orientation for New School Resource Officers" highlights best practices and discusses: legal issues, roles and responsibilities, and school safety. These trainings are FREE of charge. Each of the sessions will run from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
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  • Monday, December 3rd – Owensboro, Owensboro Police Department. Register Register
  • Tuesday, December 4th – Cold Spring, NKCES. Register Register
  • Thursday, December 6th – Ashland, Ashland KEDC Office. Register Register

Video Instructions on administering Naloxone

Video Instructions on administering NaloxoneVideo Instructions on administering Naloxone
This Video explains how to administer Naloxone/Narcan when someone overdoses on opioids while on a public school campus. Many schools have Narcan kits already in the schools but this video will assist preparing school personnel when the need arises. Reading the instructions alone can be confusing.
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School Safety on KET

School Safety on KETSchool Safety on KET
Renee Shaw and guests discuss school safety. Scheduled guests: State Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, chair of the Senate Education Committee and co-chair of the School Safety Working Group in the Kentucky Legislature; State Sen. Reggie Thomas, D-Lexington, Senate Education Committee member; Dr. Joe Bargione, retired school psychologist from Jefferson County Public Schools; and Jon Akers, executive director for the Kentucky Center for School Safety.

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Tragedy Resources

School Safety Talking Points

View online programs and resources to assist schools as they respond to recent events. Topics discussed by Akers and Barrier:
• Active shooter responses
• Copycat threats
• Metal detectors and book bag checks
• Fire alarms
• Teacher and student relationships
• Parent responsibilities
Enter Name, Email Address and Passcode: 2018 to view Video
Dr. James Evans and Jon Akers of KY Center for School Safety

Mr. Jon Akers from the KY Center for School Safety and Officer Chris Barrier from the KY Association of School Resource Officers

School Resource Officer Awards

2017 – 2018 Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers (KYASRO) Award Winners
  • S.T.O.P.! Tipline TrainingRookie of the Year – Tyler Brummett, Pulaski County Schools
  • SRO Award of Merit – Adam Teater, Jessamine County Schools
  • Administrator of the Year – Morgan Howell, Jessamine County Schools
  • SRO of the Year – Tony Sacra, Jefferson County Schools
  • KYASRO Lifetime Achievement – Larry Zacheretti, McCracken County Schools

New S.T.O.P.! Tipline Partnerships


S.T.O.P.! TiplineFor a list of all school districts on the S.T.O.P.! Tipline click here
For S.T.O.P.! Tipline resources click here


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

  • Hailed as Heroes: Anderson County Schools honors New Jersey mom, officers who helped … - Nov. 5, 2018 – WKYT - ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. - A New Jersey mom acted on instinct to keep her own children safe. That decision helped protect hundreds of students thousands of miles away in the Commonwealth. …
  • Safe Schools Week Theme for 2018: “Be Incredible” - Oct. 21, 2018 - West Kentucky Star - Every third week of October, which is Bullying Prevention Month, schools across Kentucky have an opportunity to partner with their local lawmakers, first responders and community to observe Kentucky Safe Schools Week. … This year's theme for October 21-27 is "BE INCREDIBLE, Reveal Your Superhero!" with an emphasis on students. Put simply, being incredible is being the best you can possibly be.
  • Focused on school safety in Greenup County – Oct. 5, 2018 - The Daily Independent -...Greenup County schools have an advanced safety network …“They're so far ahead of the curve here, I haven't seen such a comprehensive approach here anywhere else,” said Jon Akers, executive director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety. 
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