In February 2018, Superintendent Manny Caulk established the Fayette County Public Schools District Safety Advisory Council to examine best practices in school safety and develop actionable recommendations to ensure that our children are safe at school, at home, and in the community. The council was comprised of 28 students, parents, educators, first responders, city officials, and business, faith and community leaders selected for their experience and expertise in the area of safety and emergency management.
In May the council released its recommendations, which were developed with input from hundreds of community members and drew upon the best thinking from across the state and nation. The white paper they produced outlines specific actions for lawmakers, schools and districts, families and students and the community at large.
The Comprehensive 10-point Safety Investment Plan, is the district’s response to the recommendations the council made for schools and districts and reflects the values of our families, students, employees and community. Each component of the plan addresses an existing need, not only to prevent a school shooting, but also to mitigate the other risks our students face including bullying, self-harm, suicide, drug use, online exploitation, trauma and community-based issues.
The 10 initiatives are designed to work in tandem to make our schools among the safest in the nation. The cost for the first year of implementation is $13.5 million, with additional costs in subsequent years. The plan was developed so that as one-time investments are completed, those dollars cover full implementation of other expansion in the future.
Each of the 10 points has been assigned to a "process owner" - a district administrator who is responsible for implementation, providing a status update, and staying within the budget we will assign to each.
In the spirit of transparency and accountability, we are publicly reporting our progress on this site by noting whether the initiative is red to indicate no work has been done, yellow to indicate that work is in progress, or green to indicate that the task is complete. Project status updates will be published on the 17th of each month. If you have questions about any of the strategies, please follow the link to email the process owner overseeing each project.