Nebraska School Safety

Suicide Prevention Training:

K-12 Suicide Prevention – Postvention Online Training – updated training from the UNL Public Policy Center. Contact or call 4020-472-5678 with questions.

Nebraska Kognito training is free to Nebraska public schools through September 30, 2019. After that, cost will be at the district’s expense. Visit the Kognitio site:   If you have trouble with the Kognito site, please call 1-866-449-8834 or email

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): Question, Persuade, and Refer. Go to this link:  

Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention 

This training is provided at no cost by the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide. Click on this link:

Help, My Child is Being Bullied

Download the Bullying Resource Charts (pdf format)

The Four Elements of Bullying (English)

Bullying en spanol 2.1 (Spanish)

 NDE Staff Contact:

Cesar Torres:  Phone: 402-471-0986 or email:

For complete information on the subjects of bullying and cyberbullying, click on the link in the left hand column of the School Safety website and you will see a drop down menu with many pages available to learn about bullying. Click on “Help, My Child is Being Bullied” to see the drop down pages.

Download newly designed posters by NDE to illustrate LB 281 providing a statewide toll-free number to report child abuse or neglect:

Break the Silence poster image

Save the Date:

October 9 and 10, 2019

Nebraska Safety & Security Summit

Younes Conference Center, Kearney

More details at this link to the NCSA website

Nebraska Safety & Security Standards

We understand that some schools are having trouble with the links to the specific training. We apologize. To see any web updates, always refresh your browser. If the links do not work for you, go to, scroll down to where it says “Workshop Calendar” in the blue box, and you can click through the calendar to view the dates you want to register.

Upcoming Nebraska Safety Training:

Type of TrainingDatesLocationAddressRegister 
Basic Threat AssessmentSeptember 24 & 25ESU 95807 Osborne Drive W, Hastings
Standard Response ProtocolSeptember 27ESU 161221 W 17th Street, North
Basic Threat AssessmentSeptember 30 & October 1Grand Island Public Schools123 South Webb Rd, Grand Island
Standard Response ProtocolOctober 4ESU 1076 Plaza Blvd, KearneyESU 10 link
Psychological First Aid for SchoolsOctober 14ESU 13 (Sidney)1114 Toledo Street, Sidney
Basic Threat AssessmentOctober 15 & 16ESU 13 (Sidney)1114 Toledo Street, Sidney
Targeted Bullying Intervention (T-BIP)October 21ESU 1076 Plaza Blvdemail to register:
Basic Threat AssessmentOctober 29 & 30Grand Island Public Schools123 South Webb Rd, Grand Island
Advanced Threat Assessment: CommunicationOctober 31Grand Island Public Schools123 South Webb Rd, Grand Island
Advanced Threat Assessment: CommunicationJanuary 21, 2020ESU 13 (Sidney)1114 Toledo Street, Sidney
Advanced Threat Assessment: InterventionMarch 2, 2020ESU 22320 N Colorado Ave, Fremont
Basic Threat AssessmentMarch 3 & 4, 2020ESU 11412 W 14th Ave, Holdrege
Psychological First Aid for SchoolsMarch 11, 2020ESU 1076 Plaza Blvd, Kearney
Psychological First Aid for SchoolsMarch 23, 2020Lifelong Learning Center701 E Benjamin Ave, Norfolk
Advanced Threat Assessment: CommunicationMarch 24, 2020ESU 8110 W 3rd St, Neligh
Basic Threat AssessmentMarch 25 & 26, 2020ESU 2232 N Colorado Ave, Fremont
Advanced Threat Assessment: InterventionMay 28, 2020ESU 13 (Scottsbluff)4215 Avenue I, Scottsbluff

The image illustrates the four basic parts of school safety that align to our Nebraska standards; Prevention and Preparedness and Response and Recovery.

In 2014, the Nebraska Legislature mandated multiple safety and security measures for Nebraska schools: the development of standards to use as guidelines for creating safer and more secure schools; the submission of safety plans by all schools; and all schools have a security assessment by the school security director.

After the standards were developed, four main areas emerged that best represent the overall big picture of safety and security that translates into everyday planning in Nebraska schools:

Prevention (aimed at preventing an incident)

Preparedness (targeted at limiting incident casualties, chaos, and destruction

Response (focused intentional planning for responding to an incident both immediate and long term)

Recovery (designed to restore climate and environment to pre-incident conditions)

 The basics regarding the state statute regarding school safety:


The state school security director appointed pursuant to section 79-2,143 shall be responsible for providing leadership and support for safety and security for the public schools. Duties of the director include, but are not limited to:

(3) Conducting an assessment of the security of each public school building, which assessment shall be completed by August 31, 2019

Steps to the Security Assessment for all school buildings:

Step 1

  • Safety committee/team completes the on-line self-assessment located at NDE Security Self-Assessment
  • The team may first want to complete paper copy prior to electronic copy
  • The school will have access to the completed electronic copy
  • Other details for the security assessment (Word document)

Step 2

Step 3

  • NDE Security Assessor will contact point of contact identified on the self-assessment to schedule a school visit to validate the security self-assessment

Step 4

  •  NDE Security Assessor will conduct the security assessment validation

Dr. Mario Scalora and Dr. Denise Bulling of the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center are partnering with Dr. Jolene Palmer, the Nebraska Department of Education Safety and Security Director, to conduct basic and advanced threat assessment training for Nebraska schools. The training is sponsored by local Educational Service Units in all areas of the state and features guidelines created by the Public Policy Center that translate the science and practice of threat assessment for use by local school and community teams. Participants in the training include educators, administrators, law enforcement, mental health, public health, and human resource professionals around the state of Nebraska. This training utilizes a threat assessment strategy specifically tailored for rural settings and other schools with limited resources.

Standard Response Protocol training is available for all schools in Nebraska. Contact Jolene Palmer at the Nebraska Department of Education to set up a training in your area.

SRP training will be held in North Platte at ESU 16 on September 27. Registration link:

SRP Flyer North Platte

Threat Assessment Training:

Take your team to Nebraska’s Threat Assessment training. New dates were just released for fall 2019 and spring 2020 training. We will offer sessions on the three levels of Threat Assessment training: Basic, Advanced Threat Assessment: Communication and Advanced Threat Assessment: Intervention & Management.

Training runs from 9:00-3:30 CST or MT (check details). To register: 

Please note: An opportunity exists for schools to have the registration discounted when a team of four or more individuals attend with the roles of administrator, staff, law enforcement officer and mental health professional are represented. If all roles are represented and attend both days of training, the cost will be $20 per person each day.

Targeted Bullying Intervention (T-BIP):

T-BIP training is an individualized, preventative, and solution-focused intervention. It may be used as an alternative choice to suspension. Join us as Dr. Susan Swearer from UNL, gives detailed information about this program for your school. This training will be held at ESU 10 in Kearney, Nebraska.

Training runs from 9:00-3:30 CST. To register: 

Please email your name, your position, and email address.

Who should attend:  School Psychologists, School Counselors and/or School Social Workers. Principals are encouraged to attend from 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon.

This training is free.

To learn more about T-BIP, go to

T-BIP Training Flyer October 2019

Updated September 19, 2019 1:25pm