Timeline announced for Fayette Co. school safety improvements

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fayette County school district leaders unveiled on Monday the timelines for each step of their 10-point safety plan.

At a school board planning meeting, administrators said several steps are already underway, including launching the processes to hire more law enforcement officers and mental health professionals for schools.

The district hopes to put walk-through metal detectors at all high schools by spring break. The plan is to put them in the county's middle schools next school year.

District leaders have set a target completion date of January 2020 for the construction of secure vestibules.

The steps are part of a 10-point safety plan Superintendent Manny Caulk proposed earlier this year, saying the plan will make the district among the safest in the country. Some of the plan includes security upgrades, metal detectors, social media monitoring and an upgraded communication system.

The $13.5 million plan is being funded through a five-cent property tax increase approved by the district's board of education in July. An effort to let Fayette County voters decide whether to approve the increase failed after organizers were unable to gather enough signatures.

Property tax bills that reflect the increase will start going out in the mail this month. District leaders expect to start seeing the revenue by November.

Below is the district's safety plan, followed by the complete step-by-step breakdown of the plan's implementation, as presented to the school board on Monday evening.

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10-POINT SECURITY PLAN ROLL-OUT BY STEP


Information is from the presentation to the school board at its planning meeting Sept. 10, 2018

1. ADDITIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

SEPTEMBER 2018:
Post job openings
Begin recruitment efforts
Coordinate with DOCJT and LPD to create training pipeline for officer candidates

OCTOBER 2018:
Continue recruitment efforts
Attend job fairs

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2018:
Begin hiring and placement

2. ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

SEPTEMBER 2018:
Complete calculation to determine school allocation for 300:1 ratio
Send needs based position selection survey to principals

OCTOBER TO NOVEMBER 2018:
Post vacancy announcement (no later than week after fall break)
Convene interview team

NOVEMBER TO DECEMBER 2018:
Conduct interviews
Hire, on-board, assign and implement
Planning to include communication plan

JANUARY 2019:
Implementation and service to students
Train and assist with launch of comprehensive adolescent assessment and health promotion

3. EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR FACILITY UPGRADES

EXTERIOR DOOR ALARMS:
Priority 1: High schools
Priority 2: Middle schools
Priority 3: Elementary schools
Priority 4: Other schools

CAMERAS:
Priority 1: Middle/other (4)
Priority 2: Elementary (11)

ELECTRONIC BADGE ACCESS:
Priority 1: Middle/other (6)
Priority 2: Elementary (9)

4. STUDENT AND STAFF IDS

ALREADY COMPLETE:
Staff IDs and contractor IDs

SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER 2018:
All high school students

JANUARY TO MARCH 2019:
All middle school students

5. COMPREHENSIVE ADOLESCENT ASSESSMENT AND HEALTH PROMOTION

SEPTEMBER 2018:
Develop and release RFP for assessment and services
Renegotiate health department contract for school nurses

OCTOBER 2018:
Close RFP
Interviews/evaluation of RFP
Obtain board approval of contract for comprehensive health assessment and services

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2018:
Training and on-boarding of school nurses
Implementation planning to include communication plan

JANUARY 2019:
Launch comprehensive adolescent assessment and health promotion

JANUARY TO APRIL 2019:
Continue implementation at the high school level

APRIL TO JUNE 2019:
Evaluate and monitor
Plan for Phase II

AUGUST 2019:
Phase II implementation at the middle school level

6. METAL DETECTORS AND SECURITY AMBASSADORS

OCTOBER 2018 TO APRIL 2019:
Implementation at high schools

2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR:
Implementation at middle schools

7. SECURE VESTIBULES

SEPTEMBER TO OCTOBER 2018:
Needs assessment for each location
Identify complexity of each project
Communicate with stakeholders

NOVEMBER 2018:
Begin projects that can be completed without state BG approval process
Begin construction planning for more complex projects, which will require state BG approval process

JANUARY 2020:
Target completion date

8. SOCIAL MEDIA MONITORING

SEPTEMBER 2018:
Identify possible service providers
Evaluate service offerings
Negotiate contract with selected vendor
Obtain board approval of contract

SEPTEMBER TO OCTOBER 2018:
Begin implementation
Complete implementation

ON-GOING:
Evaluate service quarterly

9. EDUCATION AND TRAINING

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING CURRICULUM ADOPTION

JUNE TO JULY 2018:
Attend SEL adoption professional learning conference
Conduct CASEL and other research

AUGUST TO DECEMBER 2018:
Solicit principal and MH partners input for adoption; includes communication plan
Convene, evaluate, score and prep for board recommendations for January

JANUARY TO MAY 2019:
Make recommendation to board, purchase, SBDM approvals, begin trainings and implementation

JUNE 2019 AND ONGOING:
Continue implementation training, evaluation and refinement

ALSO AT-SCHOOL AND AT-HOME SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING

10. UPGRADED EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

OCTOBER 2018:
Vendor selection

JANUARY 2019:
Implementation start

APRIL 2019:
Target completion date



 
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