Student Safety Forum

Date: March 9, 2018
To: Boyle County Schools Parents and Guardians
From: Mike LaFavers, Superintendent and Chris Holderman, Assistant Superintendent


Earlier this week, many of our high school students participated in a face-to-face, honest conversation with administrators about safety in our schools. These powerful conversations left us hopeful for the future and determined to identify and reinforce our efforts. 

In addition to listening to our students, we have spent time meeting with safety officials, staff, parents and community members; and have begun to take steps to move forward. The below information outlines initiatives aimed at addressing many of the concerns voiced over the last few weeks. I encourage you to take a moment to review these district-wide safety updates.


> Safety Strategic Planning Committee Established

A Safety Strategic Planning Committee has been established to evaluate our current procedures and develop a long-range plan to strengthen school safety. The committee will examine best practices in school security and related issues in mental health and preventative education. The plan will be finalized in early June and implemented over a two-year period.


> School Threats Addressed

Across the nation, schools have seen an increase in terroristic threats. If we receive information about a possible threat, school officials partner with law enforcement to immediately launch an investigation, identify and question suspects, and take action to protect the safety of our school community.

This week, we talked with our high school and middle school students to review the severity with which all threats are handled by Boyle County Schools. These consequences include:

  • If ANY threat is made to a school or student, we will use EVERY resource available to identify and prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law. “I was just joking,” is not excusable and will not be tolerated.
  • Even if a person does not create threatening content, sharing it or having it on a social media account is a felony and perpetrators will be held accountable.
  • If a student is caught threatening a school, he or she will forfeit the right to attend Boyle County Schools. Privileges of attending school events, such as prom, sporting events, graduation ceremonies or any extra- curricular activities will end.

We are asking for your assistance and support to help prevent threats towards our schools. Please discuss with your child the consequences of creating unnecessary fear in others. 


> Communications

We are continually working to improve communications, and every effort will be made to share accurate and appropriate information in a timely manner. Parents and guardians will be notified if a gun is found in the schools. If a threat were to be made to a specific student, the parents and guardians of the individuals involved would be contacted immediately. 

Administrators may provide information at other times through a variety of communication channels. We place great emphasis on safeguarding the confidentiality of our students and will not use district communication systems to address rumors. Disciplinary and legal proceedings involving minors are private and cannot be shared.

Please contact an administrator directly by phone if you have information or questions regarding a safety concern. 


> Giving Kids a Voice

We applaud all of our students, parents and staff for working together to make Boyle County Schools safer. We encourage students to make time to be kind to each other and to speak up if they see something that concerns them. Avenues for sharing concerns and reporting potential threats include: 

  • S.T.O.P. Tip Line:  The tip line is available to the public to make anonymous reports of bullying, harassment, violence or other school-related safety concerns. All reports are reviewed and investigated immediately. The S.T.O.P. Tip Line can be accessed online at or through student Chromebooks by clicking on the stu.boyle.kyschools folder located in the toolbar. 
  • Student Forums:  Administrators met with interested BCHS students on Tuesday and are scheduled to meet with BCMS students on Monday, March 12. Middle school students can sign up to attend the forum through the school’s online announcements page.
  • Student Council Representation: BCHS and BCMS students should continue an open dialogue with their Student Council representatives, as the council will be meeting regularly with principals to address remaining questions, concerns and ideas.
  • Open Door Approach: Students are encouraged to share their ideas and concerns with any Boyle County teacher, staff or administrator. We care about all of our kids and will take action on their behalf. 


Boyle County Schools is an extremely safe school district, but we are continuously striving to improve. Should you have any questions, concerns or suggestions on how we can extend our school safety efforts, please contact your child’s school administrators or call the Central Office at 859.236.6634.

Thank you for your continued support.


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