school safety

Remember to Share the S.T.O.P. Tip Line with Students, Community

The S.T.O.P. tip line is a free, anonymous tip submission system that can be used by schools to provide students, staff, parents and community members with a way to report concerning behavior, threats of harm, threats towards the school and other types of information online or via telephone.

By |2022-08-08T15:59:20-04:00August 8, 2022|

Reflections and responsibility on the Uvalde school shooting

Like many of you, I am heartbroken and angered over the tragedy that took place in Uvalde, Texas, on May 25. As is the case in many of your communities, students and staff at Robb Elementary were celebrating the end of this school year, looking ahead to the summer and imagining what the next year of school might bring. In a flurry of senseless violence, all of this was taken away.

By |2022-05-31T09:54:46-04:00May 25, 2022|

Kentucky superintendents discuss legislature’s decision to strike down emergency regulation on paid leave for quarantined school staff

Following the Kentucky General Assembly’s decision to disallow an emergency regulation related to paid leave for district employees, leadership from the Kentucky Department of Education met with school district leaders during the Superintendent Webcast on March 8 to provide details on how to move forward for quarantined staff.

By |2022-03-08T18:47:07-05:00March 8, 2022|

Wilcox shapes role of Kentucky school security marshal amid COVID-19

Kentucky’s first state school security marshal, Ben Wilcox, was preparing for an initial round of school safety inspections when COVID-19 closed schools statewide. But he and his subordinates are moving forward with required risk assessments, working with school administrators to get in compliance with state standards.

By |2021-02-22T15:40:37-05:00October 19, 2020|

Celebrate Kentucky Safe Schools Week this October

This year, Oct. 18-24 will be recognized as Kentucky Safe Schools Week. This annual event – which has recognized issues such as preventing cyberbullying, hatred and violence – has taken on a bit of a different perspective due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By |2021-04-21T12:40:13-04:00October 6, 2020|

Kentucky school districts updated on legislative appropriations for school security measures

By Sky Carroll sky.carroll@education.ky.gov During a July 9 webcast, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) updated local school district staff on a new School Security Request (SSR) process related to funding in the 2020 budget. House Bill 352, the 2020 budget bill, included $18.2 million for a variety of school safety facility upgrades. The appropriation is based off a survey [...]

By |2020-07-09T17:11:50-04:00July 9, 2020|
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