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Superintendent's Message

Rob Clayton


WCPS Community, 

 

Warren County Public Schools has long recognized the importance of student safety.  Our first School Resource Officers (SRO) were introduced in 1999, long before this became commonplace in several districts across our state.  Since then, we have continued to build upon this foundation creating and maintaining a culture that prioritizes student safety above all else.  Because of this long standing commitment to our students, staff, families, and community, we are continuously looking for new opportunities to enhance the safety of our students and staff.

 

Thanks to our strong partnership with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, we now have 10 full-time SRO’s.  This includes one officer in each of our middle and high schools, an additional officer to serve our alternative schools, and a shared elementary SRO who supports the middle and high school officers assigned to each of our feeder systems. In addition to the expansion of our SRO program, we are proud to offer a new, 24-hour tipline (S.T.O.P) which is a 24-hour service overseen by the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security.  It is a state-wide resource being used in addition to our other anonymous tiplines and district resources, which are listed below.


 

  1. S.T.O.P Tipline is designed for use as an "online" reporting/prevention tool.  There is also a toll-free number that’s staffed 24/7 for reporting suspicious activity.   If students, parents or community members know of an unsafe situation in school (bullying, weapons, drugs or alcohol, etc.), they can anonymously pass on that information to school personnel or law enforcement by using this basic email format.

  2. Report A Bully” is a tab on our website that is designed to give families the ability to bullying/harassment at school as well as serious, but non-emergency situations in an anonymous manner.  This website is monitored on a daily basis by a school representative.  

  3. Helping Hearts is a resource web page dedicated to the emotional health and wellness of our students.  It houses important information to equip families with a variety of resources available for mental health and other issues impacting our students. There is a Helping Hearts Care Report section where students and parents can report concerns. 

  4. Lighthouse Reporting Hotline is a 24-hour, anonymous service where students, staff, and community members can report safety issues and/or any other concerns to a third-party provider who then takes the necessary action.  

Please note that while we are proud to provide a variety of high-quality resources to our community, the most immediate way to address emergency situations is through the traditional 911 services.  

 

WCPS is proud to offer specific, targeted mental health support to students, and as we continue discussing school safety, it is essential that we remain committed to the physical, social, and emotional well-being of each child.  Currently, WCPS has eight licensed mental health counselors, two social workers and a transition coordinator to address the social/emotional needs of our students.  Since 2014, we have more than doubled these staffing resources and we are in the process of adding an additional licensed mental health counselor and two certified social workers. Please know that you can trust us to continue the expansion of services that we provide our students as we work to minimize significant barriers to their achievement and opportunity.  As always, thank you for helping us maintain our commitment of ensuring student safety and for entrusting us to educate your child. Take Care!

 

Rob Clayton

Superintendent

 




9/6/2019


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