State law requires districts to integrate social-emotional learning or character education into the school curriculum.
Kentucky Revised Statutes 156.095. Professional development programs — Professional development coordinator — Long-term improvement plans — Suicide prevention awareness information — Suicide prevention training — Active shooter training, also applicable to charter schools — Evidence-informed trainings on child abuse and neglect — Electronic consumer bulletin board — Training to address needs of students at risk — Teacher academics — Annual report to Juvenile Justice Oversight Council.
(3) The Kentucky Department of Education shall provide or facilitate optional, professional development programs for certified personnel throughout the Commonwealth that are based on the statewide needs of teachers, administrators, and other education personnel. Programs may include classified staff and parents when appropriate. Programs offered or facilitated by the department shall be at locations and times convenient to local school personnel and shall be made accessible through the use of technology when appropriate. They shall include programs that: address the goals for Kentucky schools as stated in KRS 158.6451, including reducing the achievement gaps as determined by an equity analysis of the disaggregated student performance data from the state assessment program developed under KRS 158.6453; engage educators in effective learning processes and foster collegiality and collaboration; and provide support for staff to incorporate newly acquired skills into their work through practicing the skills, gathering information about the results, and reflecting on their efforts. Professional development programs shall be made available to teachers based on their needs which shall include but not be limited to the following areas:
- (l) Strategies to incorporate character education throughout the curriculum.
Kentucky Revised Statutes 158.060 School month and school day — Duty-free lunch period — Nonteaching time for teachers.
(3) Except for children with disabilities and children attending the primary school program who may attend a program of less than six (6) hours per day under policy adopted by the local school district board of education and approved by the commissioner of education and children attending a school district where the local board has approved a schedule that provides at least the equivalent of six (6) hours of daily instruction during the school year, a minimum of six (6) hours of actual school work shall constitute a school day. Kindergarten programs may be operated for less than six (6) hours without state board approval. The Kentucky Board of Education, upon recommendation of the chief state school officer, shall develop and approve regulations governing make up by school districts of whole days missed due to emergencies, or partial days missed as a result of shortening regularly scheduled school days due to emergencies. (5) Character education programs and activities shall be considered valuable and legitimate components of the actual school work constituting a school day under subsection (3) of this section.
Kentucky Revised Statutes 158.6451 Model curriculum framework.
(2) The Kentucky Board of Education shall disseminate to local school districts and schools a model curriculum framework which is directly tied to the goals, outcomes, and assessment strategies developed pursuant to this section and KRS 158.645 and 158.6453. The framework shall provide direction to local districts and schools as they develop their curriculum. The framework shall identify teaching and assessment strategies, instructional material resources, ideas on how to incorporate the resources of the community, a directory of model teaching sites, alternative ways of using school time, and strategies to incorporate character education throughout the curriculum.