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.

- 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. 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

The Montana Safe Schools Center is hosting the MGT 417 Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents for Key Decision Makers in Missoula on November 9-10 at the University of Montana University Center (UC) rooms 330/331. The training is free to attend and will be conducted in-person.

The two-day course will provide content instruction, develop concept-specific skills, and provide opportunities for law enforcement, school personnel, and community stakeholders to collaboratively apply the course objectives in scenario-based applications.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Please access the link to register.

News and Updates

  • #BeCyberSmart this Cybersecurity Awareness Month
    • This October, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance are raising awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across the Nation and working to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. Weekly themes throughout Cybersecurity Awareness Month focus on being cyber smart, "phighting the phish", and more. Visit cisa.gov for key Cybersecurity Awareness Month resources to help your school community stay safe online.
  • 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.
  • The Montana Safe Schools Center presented at the Jeremy Bullock Safe Schools Summit in Butte on August 17 and 18.
  • The Montana Safe Schools Center participated on a mental health panel to share the services that are provided through their Tele-Counseling Clinic in addition to providing training on threat assessment and strategies to prevent youth suicides. Learn more here.

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 johnsommersflanagan.com
  • 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

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. 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.

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