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:
- Behavioral Risk Assessment Training
- Comprehensive School Safety Assessments
- School Safety Related Training Programs including Transportation Safety, Student Radicalization, Active Shooter, Crisis Communication, Emergency Operations Planning, School Safety Legal Updates, and Behavior Issues on the School Bus.
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.
Watch for upcoming training events.
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
1401 S Main Street
Sikeston, MO 63801
MOSSA School Bus Safety and Security Workshop
October 24, 2018
9am – Noon
Nixa Public Schools
301 South Main Street
Nixa, MO 65714
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.
CES publishes a monthly newsletter to update school safety professionals on the latest best practices, trends, threats, and resources. Request the newsletter.