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Missouri School Safety Standards

CENTEGIX | Education

Missouri School Safety Standards

School Safety Grant Program (Missouri HB 14)

In February of 2023, the state of Missouri announced the School Safety Grant Program (HB 14), which approved $20 million in school safety grants. The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support to school districts and charter schools to invest in physical security upgrades and associated technology.

“Improving the safety and security of our schools is an issue we can all support, and these grants help ensure our schools remain safe environments for Missouri children to learn,” Governor Mike Parson said. “While threats of violence are something we never want to see in our classrooms, we must be prepared and have proper resources and response plans in place.” The $20 million grant was part of Governor Parson’s Fiscal Year 2023 early supplemental budget request. Governor Parson’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget proposal includes an additional $50 million for the program, if approved by the General Assembly.

School Safety Grant funds may only be utilized for the following purposes: 

Emergency communication tools

Visitor management systems

Access control improvements

Video surveillance equipment 

Safety planning, vulnerability assessments, and staff training

Building security systems

Bleeding control kits

Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)

Fencing to secure playgrounds

Bollards to protect front entryways

Safety film for glass in exterior doors and sidelights

View grant award totals on the DESE website here. For more guidance on the School Safety Grant program, view their resource guide here.

Missouri Center for Education Safety

Originally launched in 2001, the Center for Education Safety (CES) is Missouri’s sole statewide school safety organization and is supported and operated solely by the Missouri School Boards’ Association. Originally a partnership of MSBA, the Missouri Department of Public Safety, and the Missouri Office of Homeland Security, the CES works to enhance various aspects of emergency planning, preparedness, and safety and security throughout Missouri public and private schools. CES provides professional expertise through its staff on specific topics and also serves as a clearinghouse for reliable school safety information and resources.

CES Core Principles

  • Teaching and learning only occur within a safe and secure environment for learners and those who instruct and support them. In fact, high performing public schools are dependent upon a safe and secure environment.
  • Safety at public schools must be a community-focused effort. Collaboration is required between federal, state, and local policymakers, those who govern and manage schools, parents, law enforcement, and other emergency responders and organizations that support children and families.

To learn more about the CES, visit here.

School Safety Academy

MSBA’s School Safety Academy allows students to take classroom instruction-led courses and become certified as a “School Safety Specialist” at no cost. Once certified, School Safety Specialists are required to complete 8 hours of additional training every year (including the year they attend the academy) in order to keep their certification.

Safety Training Topics

Initial and subsequent academy training will focus on safety topics, including:

  • 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

The next School Safety Academy will be July 25-27, 2023, in Jefferson City. To apply, visit the School Safety Academy website.


Began in October 2001 and ran by MSBA, Courage2Report, Missouri’s statewide school violence tip line program, aims to make schools safer by helping school districts and law enforcement learn about school violence as soon as possible. Courage2Report accepts confidential reports that involve any public or private school in Missouri with students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. 


What should be reported?

Any threat to life that happens on school property or the school bus should be reported to C2R. This may include:

  • Assault
  • Weapons
  • School Shooting
  • Planned Suicide

Reports are accepted from:

  • Students
  • Parents
  • School personnel 
  • Concerned citizens
  • Confidential reporters

Once received, officials with the school and law enforcement will then determine how to appropriately handle each report.

Additional Grants for Missouri School Safety Solutions

Stronger Connections Grants

In late 2022, the U.S. Department of Education announced nearly $1 billion in awards through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA). In Missouri, the Stronger Connections grants aim to provide students with safe and supportive learning opportunities and environments critical for academic success. Missouri was awarded $15,082,238 from this program.

Through the BSCA, Congress awarded $1 billion in funding to state educational agencies (SEAs) to develop state grant programs to give students safer and healthier learning environments. The BSCA specifies that SEAs must award these funds competitively to high-need LEAs, as determined by the state.

This grant focuses on helping schools foster sustained learning, engagement, and attachment for students in Missouri schools. The Stronger Connections Grant Program mandates that schools should accomplish this by becoming more resilient, supporting mental health, and improving school climate.

According to the Department of Education, schools should spend Stronger Connections Grant Program funds to: 

  • Implement evidence-based strategies that meet students’ social, emotional, and mental well-being needs. 
  • Create positive, inclusive, and supportive school environments.
  • Increase access to place-based interventions and services.
  • Engage students, families, educators, staff, and community organizations in selecting and implementing strategies to create safe, inclusive, and supportive learning environments. 
  • Design and implement policies and practices responsive to underserved students, protecting student rights, and demonstrating respect for student dignity and potential. 

Examples of spending that qualifies for funding include hiring counselors and nurses, expanding mental and behavioral health services, providing teacher training on inclusion and behavioral interventions, and other related efforts to create a positive and supportive climate in Missouri schools.

Esser Funds

As part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds were made available to address the pandemic’s impact on student safety and mental well-being. As of July 31, 2022, Missouri has spent 22% of the total awarded funds.

For the first round of ESSER grants, the state was allocated $208,443,300. The deadline to obligate those funds was Sept. 30, 2022. 

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act was passed in 2020. As part of the act, Missouri’s ESSER II allocation was $871,172,291, and it must be obligated by Sept. 30, 2023.

Another round of funding was made available as part of the American Rescue Plan. Missouri’s portion of those ESSER funds is $1,957,916,288, and the obligation deadline is Sept. 30, 2024.

COPS School Violence Prevention Program

The U.S. Department of Justice oversees the COPS School Violence Prevention Program. The money is earmarked for evidence-based school safety programs and technology.

Schools can use those funds to purchase school safety technology that helps identify potential dangers. The money can also be used to improve emergency notification and response systems.

To learn more, visit the COPS website.

BJA’s STOP School Violence Program

The U.S. Department of Justice also has funds available through the Bureau of Justice Assistance. BJA’s STOP School Violence Program funds software that helps K-12 schools maintain a safe environment. It’s geared toward recognizing, responding to, and preventing violence on campus.

Learn more here.

Federal Grants

The list of federal grants awarded to Missouri for the 2022-23 school year includes:

  • IDEA ARP: $49,733,879 
  • IDEA: $309,108,762
  • Title I: $533,774,493
  • Title IV-A: $17,942,712

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