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


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

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.

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


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


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”

Contact CES:

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

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