Keeping students safe at school
We recognize that many families are concerned about safety as students prepare to return to school. Safety is a top concern for school staff, as well. We know kids cannot learn if they do not feel safe, and we are committed to ensuring our buildings remain safe and welcoming places for all of our students.
Our school district has been working closely with Washington County Emergency Response and local first responders for the past several years. Together we review school emergency plans, train staff, practice safety drills with students, and increase security in our buildings. Learn more about our Emergency Management plans.
Safety is not just about building security and emergency protocols. It’s also about school climate and personal relationships. District staff are working at all levels to continuously improve facilities and update safety plans, as well as support students’ mental health and emotional well-being.
Here are a few ways we're working to keep schools safe:
- Implementing Standard Response Protocols - a simple, easy-to-understand plan that provides clear actions for students and staff to take in an emergency. It’s used by districts across the country and was developed by educators, emergency responders and safety experts based on best practices.
- Training administrators and staff to identify and respond to concerning behaviors.
- Encouraging students, staff, and families to report concerns directly to principals or through our See Something, Say Something website.
- Teaching a variety of prevention programs at all grade levels. Programs are designed to build community, help students feel connected to one another and to teachers, reduce bullying behaviors and more. Learn more.
In Other News
District leaders are considering two ideas to help improve achievement and address mental health concerns - flipping start times for elementary and secondary students and adjusting the school calendar.
Voters approved a bond request to replace Lake Elmo and Andersen, expand Oak-Land and improve safety and security district wide and at the high school.
A complete breakfast and lunch meal will be provided at no cost for all students.
Mark your calendar for these important back-to-school dates.
A calendar has been approved for the 2023-2024 school year.
Students are returning to classrooms this week by car, bus, bike and feet! Please be extra careful as you drive through neighborhoods or near schools and watch out for our kids.
Students from Stillwater Area Public Schools, including a number of teens from the local Somali community, took part in StoryArk camps this summer.
The district’s new superintendent, Dr. Mike Funk, took to the stage at Pony Stadium for the districtwide kickoff event.