About MSBA’s 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.

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.

Partner Programs

Training

YMHFA offered through the CES is intended for school personnel to further help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. The 8 hour course reviews typical adolescent development, introduces common challenges for youth, and teaches a 5-step action plan for assisting youth. This training is available by request at your location and participant manuals are included. Contact CES at ces@mosba.org or 573-638-7501.

Available to ALL Missouri schools and colleges at NO COST.

This project is 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.

Mental Health: Tips & Tools for School Staff

This training for all staff to gain a better understanding of typical youth development and challenges they face. This 1 to 2 hour training is for those who do not require certification and yet are in a position to use the information to assist and support students which leads to safe schools. This training includes a section on suicide from recognition of signs to a plan to prevent suicide attempts. Each staff member is a part of the puzzle to keep our schools safe. Contact CES at ces@mosba.org or 573-638-7501 to schedule your training or for additional information.

This session will discuss sexual misconduct in the school environment based on research conducted by MSBA Center for Education Safety; identify common grooming behaviors and patterns of abuse; and highlight sample policies and good board practices to prevent abuse of students and appropriately address misconduct. Interactive activities using real scenarios will be included. Board members will earn strand credit. This session satisfies the “refresher” training requirement for three years if there is no break in service.

Registration Fee: $75

March 5, 2020, 6pm – 9pm – MSBA. 2100 I-70 Drive SW., Columbia, MO

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.

This project is 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.

This training is offered on any day of the week to meet your needs through September 30, 2021.  Contact CES at ces@mosba.org or 573-638-7501 to schedule your training or for additional information.

Behavioral Risk Assessment training for all staff to further support the team in efforts to keep our schools safe. This 1 to 2 hour training is for those who do not require certification and yet are in a position to use the information to assist the team to keep our schools safe. This training is for schools who have Behavioral Risk Assessment Teams trained in the 8-hour Missouri training. Each staff member is a part of the puzzle to keep our schools safe. Contact CES at ces@mosba.org or 573-638-7501 to schedule your training or for additional information.

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. To schedule this training, contact CES at ces@mosba.org or 573-638-7501.

Resources

MSBA’s Center for Education Safety has released a document designed to provide guidance to Missouri school districts in preparing for the reopening of school buildings. The document is called “Pandemic Recovery Considerations: Re-Entry and Reopening of Schools.” The guidance is based on recommendations from federal and state resources, collaborative partners and institutional best practices. Some of the topics covered in the document include: 
  • Health Protocols for Schools 
  • Social and Emotional Health 
  • Social Distancing in the School Environment
  • Handwashing and Infection Prevention Campaign Materials 
  • Student Transportation 
  • Physical Plant 
  • Academic Programs 
  • School Board Governance Responsibilities 

Pandemic Recovery Considerations: Re-Entry and Reopening of Schools

This is a living document that will be updated as new information is learned and new ideas are shared. Please forward any comments or ideas to ces@mosba.org

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

FIVE PREPAREDNESS MISSIONS

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

Prevention:

A Parent’s Guide to Suicide Prevention
Bullying Prevention Resource Guide
DHS Active Shooter response
FEMA IS907 Active Shooter: What you can do
FBI: The School Shooter: A THREAT ASSESSMENT PERSPECTIVE
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

Mitigation:

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
FEMA NIMS/ICS Training 
Mental Health Crisis Resources
Student Protests: Trouble or a Teachable Moment?
Substance Abuse Resources
Suicide Prevention Resources

Protection

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

Response

Active Shooter: What Can You Do?
American Red Cross
DHS Active Shooter response
DisasterAssistance.gov
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

Recovery

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

Arson Hotline —For Reporting
1-800-392-7766

Child Abuse or Neglect—For Reporting
1-800-392-3738

Public Health Emergency—For Reporting
1-800-392-0272

Courage2Report Hotline—For Reporting
1-866-748-7047

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.

Contact CES:

Center for Education Safety
Amy Roderick, Director
573-638-7501, ext.420
ces@mosba.org

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The Missouri School Alert Network (MSAN) 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.

Grant Opportunities

The Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (or STOP School Violence Act) describes the following categories for school safety projects:

  • Training to prevent student violence against others and self, including training for local law enforcement officers, school personnel, and students
  • The development and operation of anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and internet websites
  • The development and deployment of—
    • School threat assessment and intervention teams that include coordination with law enforcement agencies and school personnel
    • Specialized training for school officials in responding to mental health crises

BJA’s STOP School Violence Grant Program is designed to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence.

Eligible applicants may apply under one or more of the following areas:

  1. Train school personnel and educate students on preventing student violence against others and themselves to include anti-bullying training. This can also include specialized training for school officials to respond to mental health crises.
  2. Develop and implement threat assessment and/or intervention teams and/or operate technology solutions such as anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and websites. Threat assessment and/or intervention teams must coordinate with law enforcement agencies and school personnel.

Please use the following link for access to the BJA Grant program page:
https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/bja-2020-17313

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