The annual report notes that since 2003, the KCSS has conducted 635 safe school assessments in 152 school districts. Each six-member assessment team (comprised largely of current and former school administrators) offers best practices in school safety as possible considerations for participating districts.
Examples of best practices typically center on connectivity with students, adult supervision, building access, bullying and harassment, and social networking between teachers and students.
New state legislation requires schools to review and revise their emergency management plans in cooperation with first responders and then train faculty and staff on the plan. It also requires that four emergency evacuation drills be practiced within the first 30 days of school each year and again in January.
Recalling Sandy Hook, Akers asked, “Can we prevent such a tragedy from happening in our state? Possibly not, but through this new legislation and a monumental, concerted effort on all our parts, we can greatly increase our awareness and preparedness for possible threats to our schools better than ever before.”
Akers said the Center will continue to provide services to schools on a wide variety of issues that can affect a school environment. “Further, we will continue to focus on the relationship teachers have with their students. We are convinced this remains the key element to maintaining a safe culture within a school.”
For more details about the Kentucky Center for School Safety, visit www.kycss.org.
The entire 2012 report is posted at www.kycss.org/clear/2012ANNUALREPORT.pdf