Assessment of School Security

Bomb Threats

  • Bomb Threat Guidelines. This free interactive planning guide was developed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free School and the U.S. Department of Of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
  • Online Bomb Threat Reporting. Maine schools must report all bomb threats to the Maine Department of Education. Learn more about the laws and reporting requirements associated with responding to bomb threats against Maine schools.

Buildings & Grounds

Cyber Security

Grant Funding Opportunities

  • Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) provides grants to states, units of local government, and Indian tribes.  BJA supports the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing  School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act of 2018).  The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 seeks to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and prevent acts of violence.  Grant funding opportunities may be available at different times.  Schools are encourage to check the site for details and often to learn when grants open.

  • The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources.  The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative policing straggles, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement.  School are encouraged to check the site for details and often to learn when grants open.


Maine School Emergency Preparedness Planning

  • Creating Emergency Operations Plans.  Emergency management planning tools for K-12 schools and school districts and institutions of higher education.  Resources provided free by U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS).  Overview

Many federal resources are available to guide schools in emergency management. Please refer to the following federal agencies for guidance on school emergency preparedness:

Reports, Research and Papers



  • First Observer Program. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration provides  transportation and school bus professionals with free video training.
  • If You See Something, Say Something national campaign. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security raises public awareness on suspicious activities, behaviors or situations that may suggest acts of terrorism or terrorism-related crimes.  School bus drivers are the eyes and ears of the community and may see something that is important to security.
  • National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures. School transportation security and emergency preparedness procedures are in included in this publication.  The manual is adopted by the fifteenth National Congress on School Transportation. This national standard is the best practice for areas not addressed by law or rule.  The 2015 copy is current and updates occur every 5 years.  
  • Transportation Operations Program. During a school emergency school buses may be called on for evacuation or to provide a safe refuge. The transportation operations program, called Transfinder, provides tools that are useful to schools during emergency response.