Safety and Security
The safety and protection of our students and staff is our top priority. Every day in our schools, we strive to educate our students in the safest environment possible. Within our schools and at school events, we do our best to keep our students, staff and visitors safe. Emergency plans are in place at each one of our buildings.
Additionally, our practice drills held each year (5 lock down drills, 5 fire drills, 1 tornado drill), combined with our partnership with Shakopee Police and Fire Departments, contribute greatly to our efforts to keep our students safe while in our buildings.
Additionally, the voter-approved referendum in 2015 set aside funding for safety and security improvements across the district. Here are some of the measures already in place:
ALICE: Shakopee Public Schools implemented A.L.I.C.E. in the 2016-17 school year. A.L.I.C.E. is a lockdown procedure, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. The A.L.I.C.E. protocol empowers all of our teachers to get students away from danger following certain guidelines. Click here to review our A.L.I.C.E. training video. Over the summer, leading up to the start of the 2016-17 school year, building staff participated in extensive training to include the following: reviewing the ALICE video, holding drills and staff meetings to provide opportunities to ask questions. At a minimum, our staff reviews ALICE protocols yearly, preferably over the summer when all teachers report back to work. As a district, we will continue to monitor and evaluate all of our safety/emergency drills, reflect and debrief to continually improve. In the fall of 2018, we reviewed our training with more than 1,000 of our staff via both an online training course and in-person training at our schools.
Raptor Visitor Management System: Shakopee Public Schools is in the process of implementing the Raptor visitor management system for the 2019-20 school year. The system enhances school security by reading visitor drivers’ licenses (or other approved government-issued ID) and comparing information to a sex offender database. Potential matches will alert school administrators and local police that a match has been found. When a visitor is cleared through the system, a visitor badge is produced that may include a photo of the visitor.
Security cameras: Security cameras are installed in heavily used hallways, common areas, entrances and exits in Shakopee schools. More than 600 cameras are installed throughout the district.
Door Access: In the 2017-18 school year, Shakopee schools upgraded to a more user-friendly control system that allows our Buildings and Grounds Department to schedule when doors (with card readers) are locked/unlocked.
Lockdown Card Reader System: As of the 2018-19 school year, Shakopee Public Schools implemented a new card reader system in which the cardholder has the ability to lock down buildings automatically. Once the card scans, the system can lock exterior doors (that have card readers), in the event of an emergency.
PREPaRE: As part of our district’s effort to continuously improve our approach to school safety and crisis planning, we are implementing the PREPaRE framework. PREPaRE stands for prevent (and prepare for psychological trauma), reaffirm (physical health and perceptions of security and safety), evaluate (psychological trauma risk), provide (interventions) & respond (to psychological needs), and examine (the effectiveness of crisis prevention and intervention). In August of 2019, about 100 Shakopee Public Schools staff participated in a 1-day workshop. Attendees included counselors, principals, front office administrative assistants, district administrators, custodians, and school psychologists. PREPare is a framework that was developed by the National Association of School Psychologists as part of their decade-long journey in providing evidence-based resources and consultation related to school crisis prevention and response. The PREPaRE training outlines several benefits for school districts: School crisis are relatively unique and require their own model, school climate and safety are associated with academic achievement, and at some point all schools may experience some level of crisis.
We make school safety our top priority and will continue to be proactive in maintaining a safe and secure school environment.