From the desk of Jon Akers, Executive Director of Kentucky Center for School Safety
Dear Kentucky Educators, School Resource Officers and Friends of School Safety
As I read the news feeds every day from around our country, school safety problems are on the forefront in staggering numbers. I don’t want to be too negative but I cannot remember so many serious incidents occurring so quickly in such a short period of time. To say student and staff safety needs to be foremost on all of our minds is a major understatement. As many schools in our state have returned to in-person instruction, we need to keep in mind maintaining the safe school environments that we had prior to the Covid pandemic. The School Safety and Resiliency Act (2019) reminds us of all of our (mandated) responsibilities.
Each year our dedicated KCSS staff members at Murray State University create Kentucky Safe Schools Week programs and materials for all educators to access. This year is not an exception. As we celebrate Kentucky Safe Schools Week (October 17-23, 2021) below there are resources/materials to enhance, encourage, and emphasize a safer school environment.
- If ever there was a time in our country’s history to have all educators, certified and classified, work with kids to emphasize human kindness…it’s now! The STAR program this year emphasizes: Kindness, Respect, Following School Rules and Helping others. In this day and time, I cannot think of better messages to send to kids and adults alike. The Golden Rule comes to mind.
- The materials provided on our website and which can be accessed below, provide teachers at all levels with materials they can use anytime during the school year. Safe Schools Week should be every week of the school year.
So with all of that said, I’m asking all educators in our state to jump on board and make sure everyone, students and staff as well, take the School Safety Pledge. Which is essentially reminding everyone that it’s “OK” to be nice and help others!!
Here’s the link to take the pledge: Click here to take the pledge. You can also access the pledge from the announcement located below.
- To our SSCs: please forward this to all of your principals and please ask them to forward this on to their teachers.
- Teachers please consider participating in this campaign of kindness and safety.
Thank you so very much for promoting safe schools all year long!!
Best regards to all and stay safe…please!
The Kentucky Center for School Safety
is proud to announce this year’s Kentucky Safe Schools Week,
“BE A SAFETY STAR” is set for October 17- 23, 2021.
The Kentucky Center for School Safety is proud to announce Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for October 17-23, 2021. This year’s theme is “Be a Safety Star” and the focus will be on the multi-faceted brilliance of what it means to be a SAFETY STAR in school and in life. From acts of kindness and respectfulness to following all safety rules and guidelines, being a true SAFETY STAR includes shining bright in all these areas. These outstanding students put others first without focusing on themselves.
Kindness, respectfulness and support of others are all characteristics of a SAFETY STAR. During COVID 19 and beyond new safety guidelines including masking, washing hands and distancing are protocols to keep schools safe. Safety drills, such as lockdown and evacuation, need to be conducted with rigor and purpose to maintain a safe environment. The students who follow the rules, support others in need, show kindness and respect to all are truly, bright shining… SAFETY STARS! Our Kentucky Safe Schools Week Webpage (https://kycss.org/safe-schools-week) offers resources and materials to promote safety and character during this unsettling time.
Join us, as we practice safety and encourage character in our schools.
Join the safe school’s campaign across Kentucky and take the “BE A SAFETY STAR” PLEDGE! Spread kindness, treat others with respect, abide by safety rules and support others! Shine bright and help make our schools safe, caring communities!
Celebrate Kentucky Safe Schools Week with schools across Kentucky Oct 17-23, 2021! “BE A SAFETY STAR!”