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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,

Ky Safe Schools Week and October Anti-Bullying Month

This year’s theme: “BE INCREDIBLE, Reveal Your SUPERhero!” details...
KY Safe Schools Week

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
500-999 Pledges: McCreary County, Pike County/ Pikeville Independent
250-499 Pledges: Metcalfe County, Hickman County, Marshall County, Crittenden County, Webster County, McLean County
50-249 Pledges: Warren County/ Bowling Green Independent, Hopkins County/ Dawson Springs Independent, Adair County, Monroe County, Carter County, Caldwell County, Bullitt County, Breckinridge County/ Cloverport Independent, Trigg County, Graves County/ Mayfield Independent, Johnson County/ Paintsville Independent, Union County, Harlan County/ Harlan Independent, Calloway County/ Murray Independent

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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2018 Safe Schools Coordinators Symposium

Mark your calendars! The Kentucky Center for School Safety, in partnership with EKU’s College of Justice and Safety, is sponsoring a one day free school safety symposium geared for safe schools coordinators. Kentucky experts will provide sessions on issues that are paramount for safe schools coordinators. Some topics that will be offered are mental health/threat assessments, community relations, human trafficking, vulnerability and active shooter, bus vulnerability, and other great topics. Trent Lovett, Superintendent of Marshall County will be our Keynote Speaker. EILA credit will be awarded.

When: Wednesday, Sept 26th
Where: Eastern Kentucky University, Perkins Building
Check-in: 8-8:25 a.m.
Symposium Time 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: No charge. A lunch will be provided
To register, click here

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
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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

Be SMART for Kids Campaign - Be SMART Brochure - Be SMART Poster
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).

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