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District and Public School Building Emergency Management Plans

Published: 2/20/2024 1:41 PM

The passage of Senate Bill 8/House Bill 354 changed several of Kentucky’s school safety statutes. This bill expanded current law by requiring all public school buildings to include first responders in their emergency management plans (EMP), and presents an opportunity to review and refine current emergency and safety practices through continuous improvement.

To remain compliant with the statute KRS 158.162, all public school buildings must annually review their EMP and make necessary updates before the start of school. The principal or building administrator shall review the EMP with all school and program staff prior to the first instructional day of each school year and shall document the time and date of any discussion.  Additional requirements can be reviewed in the Emergency Management Plan Frequently Asked Questions document.

Any facility in the district in which students are served by the public school district, which would include all state classified A1 through A6 public schools or programs, must submit the School Safety Report assigned in the Cognia Continuous Improvement Platform (CIP) by October 1.

The superintendent must submit verification that all public school buildings in the district are in compliance to the Kentucky Department of Education by November 1 of each school year. This submission will occur by answering the District Safety Report assigned in the Cognia Continuous Improvement Platform (CIP) by November 1

Emergency Operations Plans for Kentucky School Districts

A federal grant was previously in place to provide the necessary training to Kentucky school districts for the development and implementation of a District Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).

Training goals were to encourage participants to reflect upon and review current district EOPs while providing guidance in developing high-quality district EOPs based upon best practices. A federal grant was received by The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) for the purpose of developing quality district-level EOPs. KDE partnered with the Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) and the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) to develop and offer this training to all interested Kentucky school districts. 

Related Resources

Emergency Management Plan Frequently Asked Questions 

Continuous Improvement Platform (CIP) User Manual

Kentucky Center for School Safety Emergency Procedure Resources - This page provides many resources for public school building principals and leadership to use when creating or refining their EMP.

U.S. Department of Education/FEMA:  Guide for Developing High Quality School Emergency Operations Plans - This is a guidance document to make sure all public school buildings’ efforts are aligned with best practice EMP practices at the national, state, and local levels.

Sample Emergency Plan SBDM Council Policy

​Readiness ​and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Support Center​​​

​​​​Doug Roberts
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Student Success
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4772
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