University of Montana Safe Schools Center


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

- 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 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. Daniel Lee, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership.

Contact Us

Safe Schools Center 
Phyllis J. Washington Education Building, Suite 109 
Social Media: UMTSafeSchools

Upcoming Trainings

Cybersecurity Conference

  • The University of Montana Safe Schools Center in collaboration with the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, is hosting a two day (August 2-3) Cybersecurity conference. The conference is intended for K-12 educators, school administrators, Information Technology (IT) personnel, school staff and IT vendors. Topics include network monitoring, network risk assessment, cyber-breach planning, cyberbullying and student data privacy.
  • Register here.

News and Updates

  • 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

  • John Sommers-Flanagan is a professor of counselor education here at the University of Montana. He runs a blog discussing mental health and counseling issues, which you can find at
  • The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center (REMS TA Center) has created a tip sheet for teaching the Psychological First Aid model.
  • The Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO), supported by OJJDP, provides a collection of publications and resources for professionals working in fields associated with child abuse prevention. CALiO is a service of the National Children's Advocacy Center

Additional Resources


Cyber Safety

  • 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


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. After dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the caller is routed to their 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.