Emergency Management

Our district takes school safety very seriously. We spend considerable time and energy each year working with local law enforcement to review school emergency plans, train staff, practice safety drills with students, and increase security in our buildings. We're also working with Washington County Public Health and Safety and the Sheriff's Office to conduct safety audits of our facilities, train our staff, and address mental health concerns in our community. 

As part of its emergency planning the district has conducted extensive evaluations of all four areas of school crisis planning, as recommended by the United States Department of Education, including:

  • Prevention and mitigation
  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Recovery

Addressing these four areas reduces risk and improves school climate - enhancing the ability of students to learn. Our work  includes a variety of efforts, like: 

  • Internal evaluations of safety, security and emergency preparedness
  • Enhanced collaboration between the school district and area public safety agencies
  • Training for district employees
  • Updated and expanded school crisis plans
  • Enhanced approaches to school emergency drills and exercises
  • Production of a series of custom school safety training videos for use in training of students and staff

Building Security
All of our school buildings have controlled access entrances. Exterior doors to the building are locked and visitors must enter through the main office before being buzzed into the rest of the building. Video intercom systems are also in use at many of our schools, which allow school staff to see who is requesting entry into the school before they buzz them into the building. Once access into the office is granted, all visitors are asked to show a photo ID which is run through a visitor management system to identify individuals who may pose a danger to our students. These procedures are in place to provide staff with more information about who is in the building, providing an extra level of security for all of our students and staff. A School Resource Officer (an armed police officer from our local police departments) is also in each of our middle schools and high school every day.

Emergency Plan
The Stillwater Area Public Schools, in collaboration with the Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District, was awarded a $386,000 Readiness & Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Grant by the United States Department of Education in 2011. This grant provided funding to help the district develop improved crisis plans for all of its buildings. The plan is reviewed annually and includes ongoing training for staff and students.

Every year our students and staff take part in five lockdown drills and five fire drills and we document our findings (what went well and what we might improve upon.) A building evacuation drill is also practiced each year. Each school also has a Building Emergency Response Team that meets throughout the year to review safety practices and coordinate building plans.

Stillwater Area Public Schools is continually working to implement an assessment-based approach to school safety. Conversations and planning related to school safety is ongoing, and involves district staff, parents, community members and local law enforcement. Interested in learning more or getting involved? Contact Us.