The passage of Senate Bill 8/HB 354, which changes several of Kentucky’s current school safety statutes, 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 Operation Plans (Emergency Management Plans) and make necessary changes and updates before the start of school. The principal shall discuss the Emergency Operation Plan with all school staff prior to the first instructional day of each school year and shall document the time and date of any discussion.
Districts should then send superintendent verification of compliance to the law by all schools within the district to the Kentucky Department of Education by November 1 of each school year. 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 Frequently Asked Questions
SBDM Sample Policy for Emergency Management Planning
Safe Schools Report with ASSIST
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design School Safety Walkthrough Checklist