The KCSS Resource Center locates and evaluates information regarding school safety practices from KCSS research, national databases, the Internet, education journals and other resources to keep the KCSS and the citizens of Kentucky on top of current information and trends.

Various handouts, reports and links are provided below assisting interested school personnel, law enforcement officers and school safety conscious community members.

Karen McCuiston

Karen McCuiston, former KCSS Resource Center Director presents to the MSU College of Education and Human Services Summit

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

Reports and Resources

Tragedy/Crisis Aftermath 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:

School Safety

Timeline of Dates for Implementation of Senate Bill 1

Kentucky’s current emergency plan law KRS 158.162, addresses the expansion of previous laws by requiring schools and districts to include community first responders in their emergency plans, and present an opportunity for review and refinement of current emergency and safety practices through continuous improvement. This expansion is a logical step taken after recent tragic events occurring in our nation’s schools, ranging from intruders to tornadoes, and focus our attention once again on our goals and efforts to keep our students and staff safe.

The Kentucky Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Checklist for school construction is to be used in compliance with KRS 158.447. This is now a part of the BG-1 process. It is designed to create open discussion among school district officials, board member and licensed design professionals (aka architects) when they begin planning for new construction or renovation projects in a school district.

Download School Safety Regulations Training Resources:

  • Emergency Response Drill schedule: As of 2013, all four emergency response drills (fire, lockdown, severe weather and earthquake) must be conducted by the first 30 days of the new school year and must be conducted again in January. Use this worksheet to plan drills for your school. Submit a copy of the schedule with your school’s plan, and use the original to document drills when they actually occur.
  • Active Shooter Training Video Click here to view   Click here to read letter from Ben Wilcox

RES KCSS Considerations for Practices in School Safety cover imageConsiderations for Practices in School Safety

To Kentucky Public School Principals and Assistant Principals:

This document is being presented to principals and assistant principals as a list of reminders for school administrators to consider when addressing current trends and state laws that pertain to school safety practices.

It is not to be construed as a best practices document but rather a quick reference guide of reminders and suggestions.

As always, if you have questions regarding current trends or practices in school safety, feel free
to contact staff members from the Kentucky Center for School Safety at 1-877-805-4277.
Thank you for serving as school-based administrators. You remain the key implementers of all
safety practices in your school.

Best regards, Jon R. Akers, Executive Director

Support Services

  • On-Site Trainings
  • Safe School Centers Links and contact information for other state school safety centers
  • Safe School Assessments This is a free assessment that provides the school with an independent look at the school’s climate and culture as it relates to enhancing the learning environment.

Discussion Groups