MSBA Center for Education Safety2018-11-09T11:47:47+00:00

About the Center for Education Safety

Ensuring our public schools remain among the safest places for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is a top priority for every school district. A safe and secure learning environment is essential for student success. However, our schools continue to face numerous safety and security issues for which they must be prepared so effective teaching and learning can take place.

The Missouri School Boards’ Association’s Center for Education Safety (CES) is the only statewide school safety organization in Missouri and is supported and operated solely by MSBA. The CES is dedicated to enhancing various aspects of emergency planning, preparedness, and safety and security in schools throughout Missouri. CES not only provides professional expertise through its staff on specific topics, it also serves as a clearinghouse for reliable school safety information and resources.

Programs and services provided by CES include:

  • Active Shooter School Bus Training
  • Active Shooter Training
  • Behavioral Risk Assessment Training
  • Crossing the Line: When Educators Become Predators
  • Emergency Operations Planning
  • Office Key to Safety
  • School Safety Legal Updates
  • Transportation Safety
  • Student Radicalization
  • And many more

The CES is guided by the following core principles:

  • Teaching and learning do not occur without a safe and secure environment for learners and those who instruct and support them. Indeed, high performance public schools are dependent upon a safe and secure environment.
  • Safety at public schools must be a community-focused effort. This requires the collaboration of federal, state, and local policymakers, those who govern and manage schools, parents as well as law enforcement, other emergency responders and organizations that support children and families.

The CES was launched on September 1, 2010 and was originally a partnership of MSBA, the Missouri Department of Public Safety and the Missouri Office of Homeland Security. MSBA assumed full support of CES in 2017 when state funding for school safety was no longer available.

Behavioral Risk training

Teams attending this training will be able to identify, investigate, assess and manage risks and potential dangerous behavior in school. Participants will address building a team, team roles, incorporation into the district crisis plan, policies, school and community engagement, procedures and case management. Following the one day training, teams will be prepared to implement the Missouri Model upon return to their school district.

 Available to ALL Missouri schools and colleges at NO COST- Watch for upcoming training events.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2018-YS-BX-0097 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office.  Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

December 3, 2018
8:00am – 4:00pm
East Newton Co. R-VI
22808 Easy Highway 86
Granby, MO 64844
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December 11, 2018
8:30am – 4:30pm
Rosanne Bently Administrative Center
Conference Room 231
1610 E. Sunshine St.
Springfield, MO 65804
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Crossing the Line: When Educators become Predators:

Too often the news headlines carry the story of a teacher having sexual relations with their student. If we do not bring child sexual abuse into the open, how can we hope to protect those we love most, our children.  Research for this program included interviewing six former Missouri teachers who are either in prison or on parole. Two teachers have consented to be videotaped and participants will hear their stories first hand.  A survivor has agreed to tell her story and has agreed to let us videotape her story.

Available to ALL Missouri schools and colleges at NO COST for a limited time

Safe Schools and Colleges Conference
June 4-5, 2018

Presentations and Session Materials

MSBA’s Safe Schools and Colleges Conference recognizes the Heroes Among Us Award each year at this conference. Nominate someone you know for the Hero Among Us Award to be presented at the 2019 conference (date and location to be announced).

Learn more and Nominate a Hero…

MOSSA Schools & Colleges Safety Workshop & Region E Meetings

March 29, 2019
9:30am – 3pm
Three Rivers College, Sikeston Campus
Sikeston Room
1401 S Main Street
Sikeston, MO 63801

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Behavioral Risk Assessment Training  |  View Brochure

CES offers a licensed evidence-based behavioral risk assessment training program, which is used in several other states, including Virginia, Illinois, Colorado, New Jersey, and Vermont. This training program assists Missouri K-12 schools to identify, prevent and mitigate behavior issues of both students and adults. This training provides teams with the knowledge and resources to develop school-based behavioral risk assessment teams, as well as processes and strategies to assist in successfully managing individual cases.

Comprehensive School Safety Assessments

This program identifies gaps in safety and provides recommendations to assist the district in prioritizing safety initiatives. Safety assessments support the school district in identifying exposures and risk, while also suggesting possible “reasonable measures” to make your schools safer.

School Safety Related Training Programs

MSBA’s CES has developed a number of safety related school training programs including Transportation Safety, Student Radicalization, Active Shooter, Crisis Communication, Emergency Operations Planning, School Safety Legal Updates, Behavior Issues on the School Bus and more. If you have a special training need, CES will find the resource needed.

Missouri Alert Network (MAN)

The Missouri Alert Network (MAN) provides rapid notification to Missouri’s schools in the event of a statewide emergency or other situation that might endanger the security of Missouri students. The Network allows state officials to contact local schools within minutes of an emergency through an appropriate voice, text, or email message. Read more and enroll additional district staff here.

Monthly Newsletter

CES publishes a monthly newsletter to update school safety professionals on the latest best practices, trends, threats, and resources.  Request the newsletter.

Emergency Operations Planning

Each school day, Missouri k-12 schools are entrusted to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for approximately one million elementary and secondary school students in public and private schools. Families and communities expect schools to keep their children and youths safe from threats (human-caused emergencies such as crime and violence) and hazards (natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and accidents). In collaboration with their local government and community partners, schools can take steps to plan for these potential emergencies through the creation of a school Emergency Operations Plan (school EOP).

Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans
Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans For Institutions of Higher Education
REMS–TA: Free EOP Evaluation Tool
CES Emergency Planning for Students with Special and Functional Needs


FEMA overview of the five mission areas identified by the National Preparedness Goal

A Parent’s Guide to Suicide Prevention
Bullying Prevention Resource Guide
DHS Active Shooter response
FEMA IS907 Active Shooter: What you can do
The Bomb Threat Challenge, FBI Bomb Data Center
School Safety Info
Suicide Prevention
DESE School Safety Resources
US Department of Education Safe and Drug Free Schools Resources


Stop bullying- National Program
FEMA IS907 Active Shooter: What you can do
FEMA: Emergency Management Institute School Program
Emergency Planning for Students with Functional and Special Needs
Mental Health Crisis Resources
Student Protests: Trouble or a Teachable Moment?
Substance Abuse Resources
Suicide Prevention Resources


ALICE Training
FEMA: Design Guidance for Shelters and Safe Rooms
Missouri Alert Network
National Incident Management System/REMS-TA


Active Shooter: What Can You Do?
American Red Cross
DHS Active Shooter response
Emergency Communications: Incorporating National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Public Alert Radios into School Emergency

Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education
United Way 2-1-1


How Schools can help Students recover From Traumatic Experiences
Mental Health Crisis Resources
Substance Abuse Resources
Suicide Prevention Resources

Highlights of the 2018 Safe Schools and Colleges Conference


Center for Education Safety
Gerry Lee, Associate Executive Director

More Resources

Arson Hotline —For Reporting

Child Abuse or Neglect—For Reporting

Public Health Emergency—For Reporting

School Violence Hotline—For Reporting

Suicide Prevention (National) Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Bully Prevention and Response

Suicide Prevention Online Training: “Ask Listen Refer”

The association hopes to bring members from all areas of safety and security together to provide a united voice on safety matters for public schools, private schools, and higher education. Learn more.

 School Safety as a Strategic Priority

John Warner of the Center for Education Safety and Brent Ghan of MSBA were guests on a recent edition of the Issues in Education program broadcast on KTRS radio in St. Louis. The topic was School Safety as a Strategic Priority. Watch a video version of the program here.

CES’s Transportation Training

“School bus drivers in Sedalia and Pettis County have become more aware of potential threats thanks to this training. They have become more aware of their surroundings, and are more observant of changes that have taken place along their routes. They are much more likely to notice things that “Just Don’t Look Right”, and have been empowered to report those observations to the proper authorities.”