what's in sb1?
SB1 empowers school districts to partner with safety agencies in their communities. Through our partnerships with the Kentucky Center for School Safety, Department of Criminal Justice Training, Oldham County Police Dept., LaGrange Police Dept., Oldham County District Court, & the Kentucky State Security Marshal's office, the Oldham County Board of Education is dedicated to ensuring the safety of our students and staff.
Beyond compliance with SB1, OCS has addressed school safety and security through the following measures: 1) School Safety Risk Assessments & Tours, 2) School Resource Officers, 3) Emergency Management Plans, 4) Building Updates & Modifications, 5) Focus on Mental Health, 6) Trainings & Drills, 7) Funding Priority, & 8) Reporting Tool.
School Resource Officers
The Oldham County Board of Education partners with the Oldham County Police Department and LaGrange Police Department to employ ten school resource officers. In addition to their police training, each SRO receives a minimum of 40 hours of training specific to school-based law enforcement, threat assessment and response, youth drug use and abuse, social media and cyber security, youth mental health, trauma-informed action, and deescalation strategies.
Building Updates and Modifications
Senate Bill 1, in conjunction with KRS 158.162, requires schools 1) control outside access to exterior doors during the school day, 2) control the main entrance of the school with electronically locking doors, a camera, and an intercom system, 3) control access to classrooms by having classroom doors to remain closed and locked during instructional time, 4) have all visitors report to the front office of the building, provide valid identification, and state the purpose for the visit, and 5) provide a visitor's badge to be visibly displayed on a visitor's outer garment.
In addition to the mandates of SB1, the Oldham County Board of Education has taken the additional measure of modifying building structures to have vestibules at the entrance of each building. Upon the completion of the South Oldham High School renovation beginning summer 2020, each school's main entrance will force visitors to enter through the front office prior to gaining access to students.
training & drills
Every Oldham County Schools employee participates in suicide prevention training & active shooter training. The threat assessment model utilized by Oldham County Schools is recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the United States Secret Service.
New in the 2019/2020 school year is the opportunity for staff members to receive ALICE training through Oldham County Police Sergeant T.J. Grace.
Safe schools reporting tool
Our school district utilizes the Safe Schools Alert reporting tool. Linked on each school's website and advertised in every school, this reporting tool allows anonymous tips to be submitted by phone, email, or text. The tips are submitted to five district staff members and are immediately investigated through collaboration with school administrators. See something, say something!