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
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 district is partnering with Community Thread and the United Way of Washington County-East to provide school supplies to students in need.
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.
Mark your calendar for these important back-to-school dates.
This year marks the 146th commencement exercise for our high school.
The goal is to bring service back to pre-pandemic levels (79 routes) as soon as possible.
Meals prices will increase by 20 cents in the fall, but you may be eligible for free meals.