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.
- Did You Know? WCCO reported on school safety in Minnesota and referenced Washington County and Stillwater schools. Check out the story.
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 things we’re working on right now:
- 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
A calendar has been approved for the 2023-2024 school year.
Over the next few weeks your child’s classroom teacher will be talking with your child about our new Standard Response Protocol (SRP).
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.
The district’s new superintendent, Dr. Mike Funk, took to the stage at Pony Stadium for the districtwide kickoff event.
In the midst of a very busy week of preparing classrooms and getting familiar with new processes, district staff took an hour to re-connect, re-charge and breathe.
As students return to school, school safety is a top concern.
As the new school year begins this fall, transportation to and from school will be restored to our pre-pandemic levels.
The federal government has ended its free meals program, but free and reduced price meals will still be provided to families who need help covering the cost.