University of Montana Safe Schools Center

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Providing training, research and professional development services to schools and communities across Montana and the U.S.

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  • School Emergency Operations Planning
  • Cybersecurity
  • Victim Assistance
  • Professional Development
  • Threat Assessment

About Us

The UM Safe Schools Center was endorsed by the Superintendent of Montana's Office of Public Instruction in 2005, and approved by the Montana University System Board of Regents in 2006. However, our organization has been working on numerous school safety grants and initiatives since 1999. Our current director is Dr. Emily Sallee, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling.

Contact Us

Safe Schools Center 
Phyllis J. Washington Education Building, Suite 109 
safe.schools@umontana.edu 
406-243-5230
Social Media: UMTSafeSchools

Staff Directory

Services Provided

The Montana Safe Schools Center can provide unique individualized school safety training and technical support.

  • Training
  • Technical Support
  • Emergency Operation Plan Development
  • Consultation
  • Suicide Intervention Skills training (ASIST and safeTALK)
  • MSSC Podcast about school safety
  • Anonymous School Safety Tip line (SAFERMT)

For specific information, please see the individual tabs on the left side of the website.

Upcoming Trainings

Cybersecurity Training for K-12 Educators

The University of Montana's Safe Schools Center (MSSC) was awarded a federal STOP School Violence Grant. Included in this grant is hosting cybersecurity trainings to assist K-12 schools in learning more about the topic. MSSC in partnership with Missoula College's National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense have brought together local, state, and federal trainers to build a curriculum that will provide research, training, and best practices to keep schools safe from cyber-attacks. The goal of the training is to provide problem-solving skills, test technical aptitude and lessons learned from cyber-attacks in the State of Montana.

  • August 21st, 2022-December 31, 2022
  • Fee: $25
  • Available completely online for noncredit only.
  • The micro-credentialed cybersecurity course is live and available for registration. Please see the registration link to access the course.

News and Updates

  • October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month- The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) lead a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise cybersecurity awareness nationally and internationally. This year’s campaign theme — “See Yourself in Cyber” — demonstrates that while cybersecurity may seem like a complex subject, ultimately, it’s really all about people . This October will focus on the “people” part of cybersecurity, providing information and resources to help educate CISA partners and the public, and ensure all individuals and organizations make smart decisions whether on the job, at home or at school – now and in the future. We encourage each of you to engage in this year’s efforts by creating your own cyber awareness campaigns and sharing this messaging with your peers. For additional information, visit: https://www.cisa.gov/cybersecurity-awareness-month

  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month- Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) was launched nationwide in October 1987 as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while raising awareness for those issues. Over the past 30+ years, much progress has been made to support domestic violence victims and survivors, to hold abusers accountable, and to create and update legislation to further those goals. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)'s mission is to lead, mobilize and raise our voices to support efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. We are dedicated to supporting survivors and holding offenders accountable and supporting advocates. For additional information, visit: https://ncadv.org/learn-more. For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
  • MSSC Director, Emily Sallee, published her article, "The Safety and Security Side of Teacher Preparation," in Inside Higher Ed.
  • We received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. This grant will give us the opportunity to collaborate with schools across the state, and work locally on campus to create safer schools for students statewide. 
  • The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has added a Coronavirus update to their information page on Communicable Diseases in Schools.
  • The Montana Office of Public Instruction released this document concerning public school reopening, which contains information on various levels of reopening.

School Safety Resources

Additional Resources

COVID-19

Cyber Safety

  • Bullying and Cyberbullying Resources for K-12 Schools
    • National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month occurs every October to raise awareness about the effects of bullying. Bullying and cyberbullying threaten students' physical and emotional safety and can impact their social and academic success at school. The Federal School Safety Clearinghouse offers resources, tools and information to educate students and school staff about preventing and responding to bullying and cyberbullying in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) communities. Visit SchoolSafety.gov to learn more.
  • Password Managers are a great way to keep passwords safe and keep information secure.
  • "Zoombombing" is a potential security risk due to the move to remote schooling. This article contains tips for how to keep Zoom calls secure.
  • The FBI has created the FBI Child ID App to help parents keep track of their children's information.
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest In Athletes: Learn how to recognize and treat cardiac arrest in athletes.

Hotlines

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1-800-799-7233 and through chat.

The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 800-656-HOPE (4673) and through chat.

The Trans LifeLine for peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT: 1-877-565-8860. This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators, and is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.

National Parent Helpline Monday - Friday, 12pm-9am CT, emotional support and advocacy for parents: 1-855-2736.

The Trevor Project Lifeline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1-866-488-7386 and specifically designed for LGBTQ+ youths in crisis.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Callers can now dial 988 to be routed to the nearest crisis center to receive immediate counseling and local mental health referrals. The lifeline supports people who call for themselves or for someone they care about. Note that dialing the previous hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) will continue to function as a suicide and crisis hotline indefinitely.  

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