SB8/HB354 Safe Schools Statute

Published: 4/10/2014 3:02 PM


The passage of Senate Bill 8/HB 354, which changes several of Kentucky’s current school safety statutes, which took effect on June 25, 2013.  This bill expands current law by requiring schools and districts to invite community first responders in their emergency plans, and presents an opportunity for review and refinement of current emergency and safety practices through continuous improvement. 


Emergency Drills for SB8 – Jan. 31st Deadline
Due to snow days and extreme temperatures, many schools have not yet completed the 4 drills that are required by SB 8 to be completed by January 31st
KDE would like to remind schools to use common sense and keep kids safe and document when drills are completed and why they may be after the deadline.
Schools and districts not completing the required drills by the January 31st deadline due to weather will not be penalized.



District and School Assurances 

Summary of SB8/HB354 for District and School Use

Guidance for SB8/HB354 Emergency Management Planning for Schools and Districts, August 2, 2013

SB8/HB354 Emergency Management Planning for Schools and Districts WebEx, July 30, 2013, PowerPoint Presentation

Emergency Management Plan Refinement Worksheet, August 2, 2013

SB8/HB354 Resources, July 10, 2013

SB8/HB354 Frequently Asked Questions, revised April 10, 2014

SBDM Sample Policy for Emergency Management Planning, SBDM website

ASSIST Technical Guide, School Safety for Kentucky Schools Districts

Crime Prevention through Enviornmental Design, April 10, 2014

Libby Taylor
Next-Generation Schools and Districts
Division of Student Success
500 Mero Street, 8th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4772
Fax (502) 564-7820