Safe and Drug-Free Schools

Published: 8/10/2015 10:28 AM

Kentucky's general assembly, through KRS 158.442, provides funding to local school districts through the Kentucky Center for School Safety, in an effort to support substance abuse prevention and violence reduction programming. Since the federal Title IV program was discontinued, the Safe Schools Grant program is the state’s primary funding source for prevention activities and provides funds to all school districts within the state, with allocations based on enrollment. This grant money is managed and monitored by the Kentucky Center for School Safety, according to spending guidelines within that agency.

KDE collaborates with the Kentucky Center for School Safety to provide training and professional development to school districts.  Throughout the year Kentucky Center for School Safety is available to schools across Kentucky, as a "one stop shop" for school safety resources, training and assistance.


  • Additional Resources

    This web page offers resources and informational links regarding Safe and Drug-Free Schools.  This page also will spotlight safe and drug-free School initiatives within Kentucky schools and districts.
  • Educators

    Bullying is currently a hot topic for educators, for good reason.  With all of the attention in the media, lawsuits, and even in entertainment, bullying is a true social concern.  The Center for Disease Control calls bullying a “public health problem.”  Simply put, we have to do something about it.  However, it can be very difficult to handle bullying in schools. 
    What is Bullying ​– In many situations, parents and educators alike do not know what bullying really is and what it looks like.  Click here to find a definition and discussion on bullying.
    What to Do About Bullying In Your School – You will find resources here to help prevent bullying in your school or district.
  • Safe Schools Data Collection and Reporting

    Safe Schools data is collected and reported via the state's student information system, Infinite Campus.
  • SB8/HB354 Safe Schools Statute

    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. 

  • Senate Bill 200

    Senate Bill 200 (SB 200 (2014)), substantially overhauled Kentucky’s juvenile justice system and amended or created new obligations for the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), KDE, Court Designated Workers, County Attorneys, District and Family Courts, school resource officers, school security officers, each local school, and directors of pupil personnel. SB 200 (2014), which amended or created 55 statutes, is available here. A press release regarding SB 200 (2014) is available here.
  • Student Discipline Guidelines and Model Policy

    This page provides student discipline guidelines and model policy as required by KRS 158.148.​
  • Suicide Prevention and Awareness

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults in Kentucky. According to the Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey (see Related Links), 15 percent of Kentucky high school students (1 in 7) reported having seriously considered suicide within a 12-month period. In addition, 17.4 percent of Kentucky middle school students (nearly 1 in 5) reported that they had seriously considered killing themselves at some point in their lives. However, experts say that suicide is preventable. When educators, students and communities learn warning signs and how to take action when a young person might be at risk of a suicidal crisis, lives can be saved.

​Senate Bill 8

House Bill 354

KRS 158.444 - Reporting of Discipline to KDE from Student Information System

KRS 158.156 - Bullying
KRS 158.148 - Student discipline guidelines and model policy
KRS 158.150 - Suspension or Expulsion of pupils
KRS 158.155 - Reporting of specific incidents of student conduct
KRS 158.162 - Mandatory adoption of emergency response plan
KRS 527.070 - Unlawful possession of a weapon on school grounds - Posting of sign - exemptions
KRS 525.070 - Harassment
KRS 525.080 - Harassing Communications

Victoria Fields
Next-Generation Schools and Districts
Division of Student Success
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Frankfort, KY 40601
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