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.

Three Thoughts on Donating to Harvey and Irma Relief

by CJ Huff, Special Advisor for MSBA's Center for Education Safety When I was superintendent of schools in Joplin, MO, I had the unfortunate opportunity to experience a large-scale disaster up close and personal. The "Joplin Tornado" immediately brings to mind images...
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MSBA’s John Warner Recognized with Community Service Award

John Warner was recognized by the Shelter Insurance Foundation this month with the Fred V. Heinkel Award for Excellence for his extraordinary community service. John served as a safety resource officer for Columbia Public Schools before joining MSBA, where he supports...
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School Safety Alert: fentanyl

This public awareness bulletin is intended to inform parents and school officials of the extreme danger associated with fentanyl, a lethal synthetic opioid drug impacting our youth, resulting in overdoses and death. Read More...
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Do You Know a Hero?

Nominate a person who has gone above and beyond to protect children.This hero will be recognized at the upcoming Safe Schools and Colleges Conference on October 5. [button link="https://www.msbanet.org/msbas-center-for-education-safety-hero-among-us-award/"...
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When Workplace Violence Becomes School Violence

by John Warner, MSBA’s Center for Education Safety With the most recent school violence event fading into the background a bit with both time and other daily pressures taking its place, the MSBA’s Center for Education Safety suggests a bit of reflection before the...
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CJ Huff, Special Advisor
Phone: 573-445-9920 ext. 371
Email: huff@msbanet.org

John Warner, Emergency Planning Coordinator
Phone: 573-445-9920 ext. 311
Email: warner@msbanet.org

Gary Moore, Safety Specialist
Phone: 573-638-7501 ext. 415
Email: moore@msbanet.org

Dave Martin, Consultant
Phone: 573-445-9920 ext. 311
Email: martin@msbanet.org

Behavioral Risk Assessment Training  |  View Brochure

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 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 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 (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.

Monthly Newsletter

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


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

Spring Safety Workshops

Get the latest information to assist you in keeping your schools safe. The one day training includes a legal update and discuss on When Educators Become Predators.

Registration fee is $59 and includes lunch

9:00-10:30- – “Crossing the Line: When Educators Become Predators” by Gary Moore, Safety Specialist
11:00 – 12:00 CES Program Update and Working Lunch (box lunch provided)
12:00-2:00 Legal Implications and Update by Scott Summers, Esq.

Click on your desired location to register:
Kirksville: March 6, 2018
St. Charles: March 7, 2018
Cape Girardeau: March 8, 2018
Springfield: March 12, 2018
Kansas City: March 13, 2018
Columbia: March 14, 2018


View MSBA’s Events Calendar


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.


The purposes of the Missouri School Safety Association include improving the existing programs and promoting new programs of safety education in cooperation with public and private agencies, & acquiring and disseminating accurate information concerning school safety, security, and health.

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.


Board of Directors 

Board members elections will take place in December from each of the 11 member regions in the state and those who have joined will be eligible to run and/or vote.

Board Member Nominations and Election Timeline

We are pleased to present to you our first slate of officer candidates for election. They are groups by region. This PDF is the full list along with those who have provided a biography and/or a picture. All those who join MOSSA by the end of the day on Friday, Dec. 8 will be eligible to vote.

Voting will open on Monday, Dec. 11 and will close on December 15 at 11:59 pm. If you do not receive an email from Zac Rantz on Monday, Dec. 11, please contact him at zacrantz@nixaschools.net or call his cell at 417-299-0500.




Membership in MOSSA is available in the following categories:

Member:  Current or former school personnel who are responsible for a broad program of school safety and/or any other persons interested in the field of safety and safety education.

Student membership: Students preparing for careers in school safety or related fields. These members cannot serve in officer positions or vote.

Corporate Membership:  Any individual who has a product or service that would be used in the field of school safety.  These members cannot serve in officer positions or vote.

Enroll in MOSSA Membership here.

Zac Rantz, President

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”


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.”