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How We Help Make Schools Safer

​The Minnesota School Safety Center (MnSSC) serves as an essential school safety resource to schools, law enforcement, emergency responders and community partners by providing information, guidance, training, and technical assistance for all-hazard safety planning for schools.

The MnSSC works to: Guide school districts in developing and enhancing emergency plans, assist in the development of all hazard safety plans for schools, and coordinate preparedness activities including prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery with federal, state and local partners.

Minnesota School Safety Center Fact Sheet


Current Training Offerings

New for the MN School Safety Center is the Advanced School Resource Officer (SRO) training. This training includes 1 day classes designed to provide additional resources to SROs when dealing with situations within and around a school environment.  This training is separated into “Series 1” and “Series 2” but they are not sequential in an effort to increase student participation. Click on the hyperlink below to find more information and register.

The Minnesota School Safety Center staff also provides training sponsored by Educational Service Cooperatives, Minnesota Associations and area Colleges. If you would like more information about the below listing, please contact the cooperative, association or college.

  • Multi-hazards Emergency Planning for Schools | June 24-25 | Cottage Grove, MN | Washington County Emergency Management
  • Introduction to Incident Command System for Schools | July 8 | Hinckley, MN | MN Association of Pupil Transportation
  • The Art of De-Escalation | July 8 | Hinckley, MN | MN Association of Pupil Transportation
  • The State Agency School Emergency Support Team | July 9 | Hinckley, MN | MN Association of Pupil Transportation
  • Multi-hazards Emergency Planning for Schools | July 13-14 | TBD | Blue Earth County Emergency Management
  • School Front Office Staff Training | July 31 | St. Cloud, MN | Minnesota Association of Secretaries to Principals

View more training opportunities.

​State Agency School Emergency Support Team

In the event of an extreme school emergency or crisis situation a group of identified representatives from state agencies are available to assist in offering support and resources to local jurisdictions and school districts.

The State Agency School Emergency Support Team is comprised of the following State agencies:

  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management (the MN School Safety Center)
  • Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)
  • Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) 
  • Minnesota State Patrol (Pupil Transportation Safety)
  • Office of Communications (both Department of Public Safety and MDE),
  • State Fire Marshal Division (School Safety Inspection)
  • Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). 

Based on the nature of the incident (natural disaster, man-made disaster or school violence) the team will be available to provide support to an Incident Commander, school official, or to respond to the scene.

In the event of an extreme school emergency or crisis the Minnesota Duty Officer provides a single answering point for by state, local, tribal or territorial agencies to request state-level assistance for emergencies, serious accidents or incidents.   Read more about the Minnesota Duty Officer Program at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website.