Pursuant to Senate Bill 1, 2021 Extraordinary Session, districts are required to submit their current COVID-19 School Operations Plan and any subsequent drafts to KDE for informational purposes.
Districts may submit their plans to KDE using this form.

Safe Schools

School Crisis and Emergency Response / Recovery

Published: 1/21/2022 2:40 PM

​This webpage includes resources to helps schools and districts take steps to recover from a crisis or emergency that has impacted the learning community. In addition to following school and/or district emergency operations plan and the district trauma-informed plan, the resources below can help address the health, social, emotional and behavioral recovery for students and staff.​

​KDE Resources

Implementing a Continuum of Tiered Behavioral Health Supports for Students, Families and Staff following a Tornado

Guidance for Schools and Districts on Virtual Response to Loss and Bereavement

Trauma-Informed Toolkit

State Resources

The Governor’s Office has established a Tornado Resources webpage with a range of information for those impacted by the recent storms. The webpage provides a listing of information from a large number of state government assistance programs, including how to apply for unemployment insurance, health care coverage, food assistance, driver license replacement and long-term housing. It also provides steps on how to remove debris, submit a claim to FEMA and how Western Kentuckians can locate needed resources, such as temporary shelter, hot meals and relief hotlines. The tornado resource webpage will be regularly updated with new resources, revised contact information and addresses.​

Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB) provides the entire spectrum of critical incident stress management (CISM) services from pre-incident training, acute crisis response, and post-incident support to emergency services personnel who have encountered a traumatic event. These services are provided at no cost. They serve Emergency Services personnel, school communities, business and industry, and disaster survivors.

Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) are listed alphabetically by county, and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to call through Video Relay Services (VRS) amplified or captioned phones, or TTY Relay (7-1-1).

Natural Disaster Response – Kentucky Center for School Safety​

The Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools (KAPS)​ has crisis response resources, including consultation requests, available through its website.

Kentucky School Counselor Association (KSCA)

Kentucky Association for School Social Work (KASSW)

Strategies for Educators-Western KY Tornado Response​​

National Resources

The National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH)​​​ compiled a list of websites and free resources to help support youth, families, schools, and communities coping with hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.

U.S Department of Education School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) funds short-term education-related services for local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to help them recover from a violent or traumatic event in which the learning environment has been disrupted.

Supporting Schools During and After Crisis – Center on PBIS

The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB)​ provides immediate technical assistance and training to schools and communities that are responding to crises, with a focus on supporting their students, both short-term and throughout long-term recovery.

Recovery Resources – National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center has a variety of resources to support public health, medical, and mental health needs before, during and after an emergency or crisis.


Christina Weeter
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Student Success
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4772 Ext. 4067
Fax (502) 564-7820

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