Kentucky is working to ensure its schools are safe and supportive. This page features school climate information for Kentucky, including a list of grants the State and its communities have received; State discipline and bullying policies; data for a selection of indicators; related news articles; and grantee highlights demonstrating community efforts.

Grants Received

State Grant Programs

Local Educational Agency and District Grant Programs

Selected Indicators

Indicator 1: Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property

Indicator 2: Involved in Physical Fight on School Property

Indicator 3: Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property

Indicator 4: Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide

Indicator 5: Bullied On School Property

Indicator 6: Reported That Their Mental Health Was Most Of The Time Or Always Not Good

Grantee Highlights

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, a Project Prevent grant recipient, has used their funds to implement an online mental and behavioral health program called Ripple Effects for middle school students. The program provides interactive modules that teach students how to cope with and take action confronting mental and behavioral health issues, including bullying, sexual harassment, child abuse, depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, and suicide. Ripple Effects is currently used by 70 of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative’s 140…

Corbin School District, an Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant recipient, used its grant funding to provide mental health counseling at all its schools, especially at the primary, elementary and middle school levels. Mental health services were provided through a series of projects, including Treehouse University—a trauma informed skill building curriculum for upper elementary and middle school students who have experienced a trauma in the recent past. Students are provided with two or more small group sessions weekly with a certified school counselor and a mental health…

Bourbon County Schools, an Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant recipient, provides its students with a series of mental health services and supports using grant funding. These services include individual and group sessions, addressing intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships with peers and adults, academics, managing stressful and inter-familial challenges, and bullying prevention. In the previous school year, 2016-17, the mental health professionals provided an average of 466 group sessions to elementary students.  That same school year, 43% of students in the…

An Erlanger School District elementary school counseling team is featured in a case study, sponsored by the American School Counseling Association, to demonstrate their exemplary program promoting college and career readiness (CCR). The case study examines how this school's collaborative approach for implementing a CCR curriculum unit, Operation Occupation, for fifth grade students promotes student knowledge and skills related to CCR. These skills include awareness of occupations, financial responsibilities, and career goal setting.

Demonstrates through video Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative's adaptation of “Ripple Effects,” an online supported social and emotional learning program, for a rural setting. Kentucky Valley plans to implement it in over 70 schools by the end of their grant. Ripple Effects is an evidence based, trauma informed tool that can be used to support PBIS, Behavioral RTI, risk behavior prevention, and more.

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