Emergencies hit schools at the most inopportune times and can take many forms. From severe weather to responding to a behavioral health crisis, 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.

The resources, tools, and professional development opportunities included on the web pages below are designed to help schools prepare for and respond to emergency situations.  

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

COVID-19 Guidance

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New School Safety Resources


School Safety Professional Development Grants can provide up to $10,000 for training for Montana school district staff on school safety topics including violence prevention and emergency operations planning. These competitive grants will open for submission at 12 pm on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 for the 2021-22 school year. Visit the webpage to learn more.

Strategies for Promoting Educator and Student Safety and Wellness During Online Learning: Information on available resources and strategies schools can implement to promote safety and wellness during online learning.

Mitigating the Threat of School Violence as the U.S. "Returns to Normal" from the COVID-Pandemic and Beyond: Guidance from the Department of Homeland Security to raise awareness of the risk factors associated with school violence and resources to prevent these incidents from occurring.  

Ten Essential Actions for Improving School Safety: Steps every school can take to improve school safety and links to additional resources. To learn more about the 10 Essential Actions to Improve School Safety, watch this video: 

Safety Resources

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

Vacant, Coordinated School Health Unit Director