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

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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 would drastically affect the daily operations of schools nationwide.

This past year, Kentucky’s school districts rose to an unprecedented challenge and excelled at protecting the state’s students and staff, including meeting many new trials imposed by COVID-19. Despite virtual learning, wearing face masks and implementing six feet of separation, the school risk assessment contained in this report shows that the commonwealth’s school districts are working hard to comply with all mandates set forth by the SSRA. School districts in every part of the state are actively seeking and implementing innovative ideas to ensure all students and teachers can learn and work in a safe and healthy environment