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MnSSC Quarterly Newsletters

Emergency Operations Planning Tools

The Comprehensive School Safety Guide was developed by the Minnesota School Safety Center and is currently in its fourth edition. This guide is designed to help simplify school emergency planning and guide school administrators and district emergency planning teams through the emergency planning process.
On June 18, 2013, the White House released Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Schools. This guide aligns and builds upon years of emergency planning work by the Federal government and is the first joint product of DHS, DOJ, ED and HHS on this critical topic. This guide was developed for schools and provides a process, plan format, and content guidance that are flexible enough for use by all school emergency planning teams.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a comprehensive portal of Federal resources on underage information drinking for parents, educators, community-based organizations and youth.

The Cool Spot
Research-based alcohol prevention curriculum for students in grades 6-8. Developed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, content is adapted in an engaging, interactive format and includes key elements of effective prevention programs, norms perception correction, facts about alcohol misuse, challenges to positive expectations, and information about peer pressure and resistance skills.

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Includes resources for parents, educators and community leaders on risk factors, prevention principals and research-based drug abuse prevention programs.


Bullying and Cyber Bullying Prevention

This website is a resource for all members of the school community: board members, superintendents, principals, teachers, school support staff, students, families, individuals and community organizations. It provides guidance to support the school community as we work together to provide respectful, safe and supportive schools.
Online-safety education for kids, parents, educators, and law enforcement from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Includes free videos, lesson plans and presentation materials for cyber bullying trainings.
Free cyber bullying curriculum activities and lesson plans for k-12 classrooms.  Includes Home Connection information and suggested activities for families to reinforce at home.

Cyber Bullying Research Center
Comprehensive website containing extensive resources and research about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyber bullying. Also includes tips and fact sheets for parents and educators.

Digizen is a project of Childnet International ( Designed to teach children about responsible "digital citizenship," internet safety, social networking and cyber bullying. This website includes the "Lets Fight it Together"
video, games and resources. is the world's largest online safety help group. They provide information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages. includes the following websites:,,,

National Crime Prevention Council on Cyber Bullying
Information and resources from the National Crime Prevention Council for the prevention of cyber bullying.

Data Privacy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA Guidance Related to Emergencies and Disasters.pdf
The U.S. Department of Education released guidance in 2010 to help answer questions about the sharing of personally identifiable information from students' education records to outside agencies when responding to emergencies and disasters. Understanding how, what, and when information can be shared is vital for schools and emergency response agencies as they coordinate their emergency planning and preparedness activities.

Protection of Pupils Rights Act (PPRA)
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232h; 34 CFR Part 98) applies to programs that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). PPRA is intended to protect the rights of parents and students in two ways. First it ensures schools and contractors make instructional materials available for inspection by parents if those materials will be used in connection with an ED-funded survey, analysis or evaluation in which their children participate. Secondly it seeks to ensure that schools and contractors obtain written parental consent before minor students are required to participate in any ED-funded survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning political affiliations; mental and psychological problems potentially embarrassing to the student and his/her family; sex behavior and attitudes; illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating and demeaning behavior; critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships; legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers; or income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).


Environmental Safety

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Information for Schools
Comprehensive information and resources to help schools improve their environmental health and performance. Includes contact information and links to a variety of services and assistance.


Federal Agencies

Federal Emergency Management Agency

National Educational Association, School Safety Resources

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) School Safety Package

U.S. Department of Education Emergency Planning for Schools

U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools

U.S. Department of Homeland Security School Preparedness

U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Safer Schools


Minnesota State Agencies

Minnesota Department of Education 

Minnesota Department of Health Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security Emergency Management 




School Violence




Minnesota Association of Pupil Transportation
Information about safety on school buses, an activity site for kids, information for parents, updates for drivers and transportation coordinators, current legislation, and links to other school transportation resources.

 Minnesota Department of Education - Transportation Resources
The Minnesota Department of Education lists its documents and data pertinent to many school transportation issues including transporting students with disabilities, student school bus safety training, annual pupil transportation data, and transporting private and charter school students as well as those who are homeless.