District and Public School Building Emergency Management Plans

Published: 9/2/2016 3:22 PM

The passage of Senate Bill 8/House Bill 354, which took effect on June 25, 2013, changed several of Kentucky’s school safety statutes. This bill expanded current law by requiring all public school buildings to include first responders in their emergency management plans (EMP), and presents an opportunity to review and refine current emergency and safety practices through continuous improvement. 


To remain compliant with the statute KRS 158.162, all public school buildings must annually review their EMP and make necessary updates before the start of school.  The principal or building administrator shall review the EMP with all school and program staff prior to the first instructional day of each school year and shall document the time and date of any discussion.  Additional requirements can be reviewed in the Emergency Management Plan Frequently Asked Questions document.

Any facility in the district in which students are served by the public school district, which would include all state classified A1 through A6 public schools or programs, must submit the School Safety Report assigned in ASSIST by October 1.  (This is now a stand-alone diagnostic no longer included in the CSIP.)

The superintendent must submit verification that all public school buildings in the district are in compliance to the Kentucky Department of Education by November 1 of each school year. This submission will occur by answering the District Safety Report assigned in ASSIST by November 1.
Victoria Fields
Next-Generation Schools and Districts
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