Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS), Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), and Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI) are collaborating to provide safe school assessments to any school in Kentucky. These informational, independent assessments are not to be confused with an audit. The voluntary assessment can enhance the school’s learning environment by examining climate and culture.
The safe school assessment provides the school with an independent look at the school’s climate and culture as it relates to enhancing the learning environment. The safe school assessment process involves many aspects, including an examination of the school and recommendations. This also provides the school with a needs assessment that can be used in developing a school safety component of the school’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.
Any local school or school district can request a safe school assessment. This is not to be confused with an audit. This assessment is strictly a voluntary activity that includes an external assessment team that meets with the school principal, staff, students, and parents in order to gain information about the school environment.
The visitation team can include representatives from three agencies: Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS), Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), and the Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI).). A typical team consists of six representatives.
A Safe School Assessment is a service provided by the Kentucky Center for School Safety at no cost to the school or district.
The KCSS will provide or coordinate after-care service once a school determines what areas it wishes to address. This value-added component demonstrates the partners’ intent to provide a continuum of services when called upon, at no cost or low cost to the school or district.