Safety & Security Standards/Resources

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Safety & Security Standards Self-Assessment

Safety & Security Standards Technical Assistance Guide (Best Practices)

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Suicide Prevention

(posted 4.19.2017)

Regional Behavioral Health Authorities Youth Suicide Prevention Grant Contacts


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:

(7) Overseeing suicide awareness and prevention training in public schools pursuant to section §79-2,146;

Suicide Awareness/Prevention for School Personnel,
(posted 2.18.2015)

13 Reasons Why

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – 2016 Nebraska Fact Sheet

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Risk Factors and Warning Signs

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Model School District Policy

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Suicide Prevention Strategies

National Institute of Mental Health – How Can Suicide Be Prevented?

Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide Prevention: Spotting the Signs and Helping a Suicidal Person

Warning Signs of Suicide

Women’s Health: Preventing Suicide

World Health Organization: Suicide Prevention

NDE Rules 10 and 59 Requirements

Rule 10 – Accreditation of Schools

Rule 59 – Regulations for School Health and Safety

School Climate Survey

School Climate Survey

ED School Climate Surveys


Nebraska State Statutes


Safety and Security Plans

School Safety Standards

Security Assessment

School Security Deficiencies

Tools for Security Preparedness

Model Instructional Programs

Suicide Prevention

Tornado Preparedness

Inquiries and Requests for Assistance/Private & Non-Public

Cyberbullying and Digital Citizenship


Nebraska State Fire Day

§28-311.06 & §28-311.07



Bullying Prevention


Dating Violence Prevention


Student Conduct

Nebraska Student Discipline Act

Crisis Response

Resources for Schools to Prepare for and Recover from Crisis

School Safety Preparedness Emergency Resources

Annual Risk Assessment Tool

Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education

Nebraska Sheriffs’ Offices

Nebraska Fire Depts

Nebraska Police Depts

Nebraska State Patrol



Homeland Security School Safety

The Kim Foundation

Garret Lee Smith

Nebraska Suicide Prevention Coalition

Bullying Prevention

Welcome to the Nebraska Department of Education bullying prevention website. This site has been developed to serve as a resource for schools, parents and community members to address the issue of bullying in schools.

Nebraska Department of Education staff are listed with contact information and a description of services available.


School district; development and adoption of bullying prevention and education policy; review.

(1) The Legislature finds and declares that:

(a) Bullying disrupts a school’s ability to educate students; and

(b) Bullying threatens public safety by creating an atmosphere in which such behavior can escalate into violence.

(2) For purposes of this section, bullying means any ongoing pattern of physical, verbal, or electronic abuse on school grounds, in a vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by a school being used for a school purpose by a school employee or his or her designee, or at school-sponsored activities or school-sponsored athletic events.

(3) On or before July 1, 2009, each school district as defined in section 79-101 shall develop and adopt a policy concerning bullying prevention and education for all students.

(4) The school district shall review the policy annually.


Did you know? 

  • Studies show that between 15-25% of U.S. students are bullied with some frequency (“sometimes or more often”) while 15-20% report that they bully others with some frequency. (Melton et al, 1998; Nansel et al, 2001.) When asked if they have been bullied at all during their school years, 75% of students reported that they had experienced some form of bullying (Hoover, Oliver, & Hazler, 1992).

  • Bullying tends to peak in transition years – moving from elementary to middle school and middle to high school. (Pellegrini, 2002; Swearer, 2004.)

Something to Think About

  • “Teachers, are you a bully?” A school administrator, commenting on his district’s decision to include teacher behavior in its anti-bullying policy, complained that it would be difficult to distinguish between bullying behavior and classroom management strategies. What about you? Can you tell the difference between behavior management and a bully? Read more on the Bullying Fact Sheet Series

Bullies Target Obese Kids

Excerpt from the State Board of Education Anti-Bullying Policy
(December 2015)

The State Board of Education believes that Nebraska schools should provide physically safe and emotionally secure environments for all students and staff sustained through relationship building among staff, students, and community. It is the goal of the State Board of Education, through this policy, to support behavior leading to positive learning and teaching environments.

The State Board defines positive behaviors as those which promote respect, cooperation, empathy, tolerance, courtesy, self-regulation, non-violence, and relationship building, toward all students and staff in the learning and teaching environment.

Click here for full text of the Board of Education Policy and Implementation Plan.

 USDE 8.20.13

The Nebraska Department of Education offers this website to provide awareness and resources that help schools prevent bullying and provide safe and secure environments. Click on the topics in the column on the left for bullying prevention information.

Bullying Prevention Site Information



All-Hazards Plan

All-Hazards Plan

Rule 10

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding School Safety Requirements

  • Local Safety Plan – 011.01B

  • Local Safety Committee – 011.01C

  • Annual Review – 011.01D

  • Miscellaneous Issues

External Review Considerations

NDE promotes the use of the USDOE REMSTA Center EOP planning tool. find the step-by-step process at


Nebraska School Safety

2018-2019 Suicide Prevention Training for School Staff:

Introducing K-12 Suicide Prevention – Postvention Online Training – Available August 1, 2018

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:

NDE Security Self-Assessment

Safety Security Technical Assistance Guide

Paper version: Security Self-Assessment

Other details for the security assessment.


Safety and Security Standards




Standard Response Protocol

SRP Promo

SRP Training (posted 8.18.2016)


Nation’s Leading Suicide Prevention Organization Warns Parents about Social Media Game that Increases Risk of Suicide

13 Reasons Why (posted 4.26.2017)