Mission Statement 

Promote a comprehensive community focused culture of safety and security for our children and young adults, by working with Missouri education institutions, public and private, and the stakeholder communities who support them, in the areas of emergency planning, preparedness, safety, and security.

Behavioral Risk Assessment Training

CES has licensed a recognized, evidence based behavioral risk assessment program, which is used in several other states, including Virginia, Illinois, Colorado, New Jersey, and Vermont, to assist Missouri K-12 schools to identify, prevent and mitigate behavior issues for students and staff. This program provides training to develop community based behavioral risk assessment teams, as well as templates to assist in successfully managing individual cases.  |  View Brochure

Comprehensive School Safety Assessments

MSBA/CES has a proven program to identify gaps in safety and provide recommendations to assist the district to prioritize safety initiatives, through our School Safety Assessment program. Safety assessments support the school district identifying exposures and risk, and suggesting possible “reasonable measures” to make your schools safer.

School Safety Related Training Programs

CES has developed a number of safety related school training programs, to include Transportation Safety, Student Radicalization, Active Shooter, Crisis Communications, Emergency Operations Planning, School Safety Legal Updates, Behavior Issues on the School Bus and more. If you have a special training need, we will find that resource for you.

Missouri Alert Network

This resource, which is tested monthly, provides the capability for state public safety officials to send instant safety threat related messages via text, recorded phone call, and/or e-mail to a designed point of contact in every Missouri K-12 school.

Monthly Newsletter

CES publishes a monthly newsletter to update school safety professionals on the latest best practices, trends, threats, etc. Sign-up by emailing

Upcoming CES Advisory Committee Meeting

April 27, 2017    9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Missouri State Troopers Association Building
1729 East Elm Street
Jefferson City, MO  65101

MO Safe Schools and Colleges Conference

October 4 – 5, 2017  Tan-Tar-A, Osage Beach
Registration opens on June 12.

Exhibits |  View the Exhibitor Prospectus

Presentations | Submit a presentation by April 30, 2017 to

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





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
The Bomb Threat Challenge, FBI Bomb Data Center


Work in Progress


DHS Active Shooter response
Emergency Communications: Incorporating National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Public Alert Radios into School Emergency
Management Plans
Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education
Active Shooter: What Can You Do


PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum
University of OK. College of Medicine, Terrorism and Disaster Center : Resilience and Coping Intervention
How Schools can help Students recover From Traumatic Experiences
Resources for Parents following Traumatic Events
Mental Health Resources for Schools

The Center for Education Safety (CES) is the only state wide school safety organization in Missouri. It is a program supported by and operated as part of the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA). The CES is dedicated to enhancing various aspects of emergency planning, preparedness, and safety and security in schools throughout Missouri and the nation—pre-K, K-12, and post-secondary. The services provided by the CES fall into three categories—Leadership, Information Resource, and Technical Assistance and Training.

Events produced or sponsored by the Center for Education Safety usually take place in Missouri. The CES promotes some events that are safety and security related that take place outside of Missouri or that are virtual events (web casts, video conferences, etc.). The content of events produced or sponsored by the CES is often appropriate for schools throughout the nation. Live and archived video programs produced by the CES and available from the CES web site are available to viewers outside of Missouri and around the world—wherever there is Internet access.

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 cultures at pre-K to 12 schools and higher education require a nurturing context that is dependent upon a safe and secure environment. Safety at pre-K to 12 schools and higher education institutions must be a community focused effort—community engagement is a requisite. This requires the collaboration of federal, state, and local policymakers, those who administer and manage schools as well as higher education, law enforcement, and other emergency responders in planning and preparedness.

The CES was launched on September 1, 2010.


CJ Huff, Special Advisor
Phone: 573-445-9920 ext. 200/421

Kara Sanders, Administrator
Phone: 573-445-9920 ext. 369

John Warner, Emergency Planning Coordinator
Phone: 573-445-9920 ext. 311

Gary Moore, Safety Specialist
Phone: 573-638-7501 ext. 415

Dave Martin, Emergency Planning Coordinator
Phone: 573-638-7501 ext. 419

Here’s what they are saying…

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

Links to More Education Safety Resources

Concussion Management

Concussion Management – The Team Plan

by Joseph F. Waeckerle M.D., FACEP



Emergency 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

School Safety Incident Reports (provided by SafePlans)

The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment

Suicide Prevention Online Training: “Ask Listen Refer”