BOARD HOLDS FIRST READING OF SAFETY STRATEGIC PLAN

Board Hears Safety Plan

RECOMMENDATIONS MADE TO STRENGTHEN SAFETY EFFORTS

 

DANVILLE, KY – JULY 20, 2018 – Last night, the Boyle County Board of Education held the first reading of a three-year School Safety Strategic Plan. The draft plan, prepared by the Boyle County Schools’ Safety Strategic Planning Committee, outlines recommendations to add school resource officers, introduce a new visitor management system, expand safety trainings and enhance mental health support structures.

 

The committee began work in February by gathering input from students, educators, parents, safety officials and community members through small group forums and one-on-one dialogue. That input, along with an evaluation of best practices in school security, mental health and preventative education shaped the plan’s action items.  

 

Assistant Superintendent and School Safety Officer Chris Holderman commented, “A safe learning environment is essential to student success – and safe schools require participation from the entire community.” He continued, “We’re thankful to our families, teachers, law enforcement and government and civic leaders for placing a high priority on school safety and getting involved in this process.”

 

The district will allocate $425,000 to implement the plan over the next three years. “Boyle County Schools is an extremely safe district and we’ve already been spending a significant amount on safety,” stated Superintendent Mike LaFavers. “This additional $425,000 will allow us to move our security efforts to the next level.”

 

The plan includes four focus areas, including mental health, safety drills and protocols, supervision and security, with seventeen stated goals and specific action plans. A review of the major recommendations is broken down into categories and listed below.

 

Mental Health

  • Launch student-centered mental health initiatives to promote connectedness, build resiliency and prevent bullying behavior.
  • Coordinate preventative education trainings and workshops for staff and parents.

 

Safety Drills and Protocols

  • Introduce a district-wide visitor management system to monitor school guests, run background checks and create visitor badges.
  • Conduct lockdown drills once per semester, with at least one taking place when students are naturally gathered in large common areas, such as during lunch or morning drop-off.
  • Require staff to wear district-issued name badges during the school day.
  • Mandate classroom doors are locked during instruction time.

 

Supervision

  • Require student/adult ratio in common areas at 100:1 and increase active supervision during non-instructional times.
  • Improve main campus safety during extracurricular activities by locking all school doors and drive-through and walk-in gates at 3:30 pm. After 3:30, visitors must enter through the front of the school to access sports facilities. On days when one or more facility is hosting a game, gate workers will man doors and gates to facilitate public access.      
  • Ensure bus safety by verifying security cameras work properly, monitors are placed on heavily loaded buses and seating charts are established.

 

Security

  • Hire two additional school resource officers (SROs) – for a total of three full-time SROs – to support safety among the five schools and the alternative school.
  • Contract with law enforcement personnel to assist with morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up at Perryville Elementary and Junction City Elementary.
  • Install a district-wide security camera system and alarms for all exit doors to monitor all buildings and grounds.
  • Streamline parent access into elementary schools during morning drop-off.
  • Consider purchasing security wands that would allow trained staff to identify dangerous instruments or weapons. Further recommendations will be made by December 2018.
  • Provide all staff members with Run-Hide-Fight Training.

 

The Board of Education will vote on the School Safety Strategic Plan at its next meeting on August 16, 2018. Click here to review a draft of the School Safety Strategic Plan. Please share your feedback on the proposed safety plan by completing a short survey at https://goo.gl/forms/0VmNc5mCDPDVwqPd2, or by emailing info@boyle.kyschools.us.

 

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Jennifer Broadwater, Communications Director
859.236.6634 extension 3203
jennifer.broadwater@boyle.kyschools.us





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