MOEOP is a new web-based application that will assist school staff responsible for emergency planning to create, store and share school emergency operation plans with ease. MSBA’s Center for Education Safety is offering no cost webinars for you to preview the tool and ask questions about this new resource available to you.

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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


Behavioral Risk Assessment Overview:  A 1-2 hour exploratory presentation for schools considering implementing a behavioral risk assessment team.  The presentation includes an overview of what a behavioral risk assessment team is, who should be on the team, and how it functions to prevent or mitigate an individual’s risk for violence.

Behavioral Risk Assessment Team Training:  An 8-hour training module for the school’s selected behavioral risk assessment team. Training includes why there is a need for risk assessment, how the team works together to assess risk for violence, what data/information is used to make an assessment, and how to develop a management plan using the assessment results.  Teams will use real case scenarios to practice skills learned during training.

Contact CES at or 573-638-7501 to schedule your training or for additional information.

The Missouri School Boards’ Association’s Center for Education Safety and the Missouri Department of Transportation are pleased to offer free training for any adult crossing guard in Missouri.

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This training satisfies the state requirement for board members to compete one hour of Refresher Training for each year of board service after the initial year. The training must include concepts covered in the initial new board member training plus the prevention of sexual abuse of children. Explore training opportunities here.

The School Safety Academy will provide courses at no cost via classroom instruction for certification of students as a “School Safety Specialist.”  Following certification, School Safety Specialists will be required to complete 8 hours of additional training each year (including the year they attend the academy) to maintain certification. Academy training, and subsequent advanced training opportunities, will be focused around safety topics that include:

  • Effective Communication/ Information Sharing; 
  • Mental Health/Behavioral Risk; 
  • School Climate and Culture; 
  • Emergency Operations Plan; 
  • Physical Security/Technology; 
  • Safety Assessments/ Audits; 
  • Training/ Drills; 
  • Legal Issues; 
  • Cyber Security.

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Upcoming Academies

CHANGE IN DATES! March 21-23, 2022 | Jefferson City
Space is still available for this Academy. Apply now, as the academies fill up quickly.
Logistic Information for the Spring 2022 Academy will be available soon.


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

Arson Hotline —For Reporting

Child Abuse or Neglect—For Reporting

Public Health Emergency—For Reporting

Courage2Report Hotline—For Reporting

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

Bully Prevention and Response

Suicide Prevention Online Training: “Ask Listen Refer”

Behavioral Health Crisis Hotlines also known as Access Crisis Intervention – map of regional (free) hotline numbers

Mental Illness/Suicide Prevention Resources

Department of Mental Health has been running a Crisis Text Line Campaign encouraging youth and young adults to text if they are experiencing stress, a crisis or need someone to talk to. One example of the messaging is “Even in isolation, we’re still connected. Talk to a crisis counselor any time you need. Text ‘MOSAFE’ to 741-741.” As part of this campaign, a social media toolkit is available to access these materials online. The toolkit houses information that teachers, parents, caregivers and others can easily copy and paste and share the messaging to the youth virtually. It can easily be shared on websites, social media pages like facebook, and as well as on virtual classes and in emails to students.

The National Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has virtual resources for parents, teachers and students.

    • Ready to go handout that includes information on recognizing and responding to suicide warning signs, suicide prevention resources, and other information to help prevent suicide among students.
    • This is a list of websites and information for where parents should go to find more information (from 2017).
    • Another list of websites for where teens should go (also 2017).
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 

MSBA Resources for the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Contact CES:

Center for Education Safety
Amy Roderick, Director
573-638-7501, ext.420

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