Emergencies hit schools at the most inopportune times.  From severe weather, wild animals on the playground, active shooters, or the death of a student or staff member, emergencies take many forms.  Being prepared with a plan that has been created by your school’s team and local partners, approved by your trustees, and practiced by your school community is vital to increasing student and staff safety.  Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) provide guidance and practical solutions on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency situations.  This planning process helps schools minimize injuries and property damage during an incident, and expedites the recovery process following an incident.

Current Montana law regarding emergency planning in schools: MCA 20-1-401


Please see the OPI's Re-opening Montana Schools 2020 Resource Page



  • School Safety Professional Development Grant for Montana school districts:  Montana's Legislature passed HB 601 to provide funds to school districts to support school safety professional development. The OPI will administer school safety grant funds, and schools will be able to apply for funds again on June 17, 2020.  This grant also helps schools identify school safety professional development activities that are available to schools free of charge.



Safety Resources

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Michele Henson, School Safety Program Manager, 406-595-1058

Holly Mook, Coordinated School Health Unit Director, 406-444-0773