SB8/HB354 Safe Schools Statute

Published: 11/13/2015 1:35 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. 

To remain compliant with SB 8/HB 354, schools and districts must annually review their Emergency Management Plan and make necessary changes and updates before the start of school.  The principal shall discuss the emergency plan with all school staff and prior to the first instructional day of each school year for the school year, and shall document the time and date of any discussion.

Districts should then send superintendent verification of compliance to the law to the Kentucky Department of Education by November 1 of each school year that all schools within the district are in compliance with the requirements of the law. This submission will occur by answering the Safe School Assurances in the CDIP via ASSIST by November 1.
The school level safety assurances must be completed in the school's CSIP via ASSIST by January 4 which aligns with the CSIP due date.

Summary of SB8/HB354 for District and School Use

Guidance for SB8/HB354 Emergency Management Planning for Schools and Districts

SB8/HB354 Emergency Management Planning for Schools and 
Districts PowerPoint Presentation

Emergency Management Plan Refinement Worksheet

SB8/HB354 Resources

SB8/HB354 Frequently Asked Questions

SBDM Sample Policy for Emergency Management Planning

Safe Schools Report with ASSIST

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design School Safety Walkthrough Checklist

Victoria Fields
Next-Generation Schools and Districts
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